Rantoul woman earns agency's Employee of the Year honor
Georgia Womble's boss says she is the type of person you would want by your side in troubled times.
"She's just very compassionate and a very gentle person," said Rosalie Adkins, area administrator for Community Care Systems, where Womble works as a caregiver for elderly clients.
Womble was recently recognized as an Employee of the Year by the Illinois Department on Aging. There were nine statewide recipients of the award honoring older workers who continue to play a very important role in the workforce.
Illness kept Womble, who lives in Rantoul, from the Older Workers Awards Luncheon held in September at Springfield's Northfield Inn. Adkins and Inez Baker, the service coordinator for the Villa Grove office where Womble works, accepted the award on her behalf.
Baker said Womble has a special way with the clients she serves. "She is fantastic and she is so proud of that award," she said.
Womble, 74, has many life experiences that contribute to her quality of care. She has served in the military, is a licensed practical nurse and also works in hospice care. She raised three children alone after her husband died 26 years ago. But her most endearing quality with clients and co-workers is her effusive personality.
"You walk up to some people and you get a handshake, with Georgia you're going to get a hug," Adkins said, "She's always positive. I've never heard her say anything negative. She's always complimenting other people."
Womble and the other caregivers assist elderly clients with household duties such as light housekeeping, errands, cooking meals and laundry. "Anything they need done to keep clients in their homes, but we don't do anything medical," Baker said.
Baker is hopeful that Womble will be feeling well and back on the job soon. The Villa Grove office of Community Care Systems will be holding an appreciation open house on Oct. 29 and 30 at their Main Street office.
The staff will celebrate Womble's award and honor former employee, Patty Miller. The open house is an annual event that they host to show appreciation for employees and clients throughout the year.