Patricia Kates recognized that people with Alzheimer’s disease were often misunderstood and not treated well. She decided to remedy this by rewarding and encouraging special efforts toward their care among those professionals in health organizations. Toward this end she established an endowment with an annual “Caring Care Award” to be presented to great care givers.
The former Atherton resident had moved with her family to Los Angeles, so she began her efforts by working with an Alzheimer’s program at a Southern California hospital. That program was eliminated, leaving her endowment without an effective way to accomplish what she had established as its cause.
Her surviving children, Deborah Streiber of Los Angeles and John and Gene Kates of Atherton, have graciously continued her legacy by moving that endowment fund to Rosener House, in order to honor two professionals each year who demonstrate exceptional care and humanity toward clients struggling with Alzheimer’s.
Members of the Kates family, their guests, Peninsula Volunteers, the Rosener House Committee, Rosener and other PVI staff were on hand at the first Kates Awards ceremony on Feb. 13 to present the awards. Not coincidentally, this was scheduled to coincide with what would have been Patricia Kates’ 100th birthday.
This year’s awardees were:
- Marie St. Lezin, Art Specialist & Activity Leader. Her creativity and talent in art is demonstrated in her work in the art studio with participants and in leading the Memories in the Making classes. Marie’s gentle and attentive manner is effective in dealing with potentially difficult situations, where a participant may need reassurance.
- Jackie O’Neill, Certified Nursing Assistant. She provides assistance in activities of daily living to participants and is the personification of going above and beyond. She is most generous of her time in dealing with each participant individually, treating everyone with the utmost respect and dignity, in sometimes very personal situations.
Pictured back row left to right: Barbara Kalt, Rosener House Director; Marie St. Lezin, Activity Leader; Jackie O’Neill, Certified Nursing Assistant; Deborah Kates Streiber; front row Gene and John Kates