PO senior caregiver finalist for national award

A Port Orchard woman has been named one of 10 semifinalists for an award from national in-home senior care provider Visiting Angels.

Hannah Willis joined the Visiting Angels Port Orchard team more than eight years ago and has provided more than 14,000 hours of care. However, her consideration for the organization’s National Caregiver of the Year award is so much more than her time spent working, a news release says.

“Hannah brings a joyful spirit to work each day and understands just how important her role is as a caregiver,” Visiting Angels Port Orchard owner Marilyn Oswald said. “While she is extremely enthusiastic, she can also be a calming presence, especially in the tough times of the aging journey. She knows when to provide space for the families and how to offer quiet, supportive gestures.”

Her care is a unique blend of joy and compassion, using music and ballroom dancing to engage with her clients at varying levels and offering days like “Free Saturdays” to maintain a client’s ability to choose what he or she wants to do, the release adds.

Visiting Angels CEO Larry Meigs said: “Hannah’s joy is contagious, and our clients love her for it. She brings together empathy, patience and positivity and embodies all those virtues.”

The winner of the award receives $5,000; two others receive $2,500.