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On March 27, 2019 Ric Williams was recognized by over 200 of his peers and colleagues from across the Commonwealth at Pennsylvania Homecare Association Direct Care Worker Event. The day was culminated as Ric passed on the prestigious award of the 2018 Direct Care Worker of the Year to the 2019 recipient. His speech and encouragement to his peers was heartfelt. “Live each day with love in your heart and enjoy it”, he instructed. Words of wisdom he not only uses with his family but now has passed on to other aides throughout the Commonwealth.



Extended Family Care is honored to have employed Ric for the past 17 years and its 2019 nominee, Adriana Mesa for the past 21 years. Adriana is a valuable member of the Allentown branch and has received the company’s nomination due to her dedication and loyalty to each client she services. The branch’s Administrator, Carole Chiego, attended the event in support of her prized employee. “Adriana needs to be spotlighted”, Carole said. “She demonstrates respect in all she does for her clients. She treats them all as if they were truly her own family and in return her clients feel the same for her. We have received countless compliments over the years from clients and families, regarding the care Adriana provides and how she represents our company as a caring and compassionate professional”, Carole stated.

Her clients have expressed their gratitude of Adriana through testimonials citing her as “professional, reliable, hardworking, and compassionate”. Such traits in an employee will always contribute to the success of a company. Extended Family Care is pleased to have employed both Ric and Adriana for such a long period of time. “Longevity in a field of constant turnover can say a lot about the person and the Company”, said Stephen Sternbach, President and CEO of the parent company, Star Multi Care Services. “We feel blessed to have such wonderful employees who care about their clients, their co-workers, and also value the work ethic”, he continued.

Extended Family Care has offices in Allentown, Lancaster and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is always searching for professionals with a caring heart and strong work ethic to join their team. Information can be found at www.extendedfamilycare.com or by calling 1-888-660-6478.

If you or a loved one are in need of Caregiver Services in Allentown PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
About the author: Carole Chiego
Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author