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Brian Gauthier, CEO of A Family Member HomeCare, a South Florida Home Health Care Agency, Awarded Volunteer Broward's "Heart of the Community" for Hospice by the Sea Work

Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Tamarac, Margate, Deerfield Beach (PRWEB) May 25, 2011

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Brian Gauthier, CEO and Administrator of A Family Member HomeCare, a South Florida home health care agency serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, was bestowed with the “Heart of the Community” award from Volunteer Broward in 2010 for his work with Hospice by the Sea's Memorial RegionalCare Center in Hollywood.

Hospice by the Sea, Inc. is a not-for-profit, community-based provider of hospice care, palliative care, caregiver support, bereavement counseling and home health agency services throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties in South Florida.

“I am honored to be among those individuals who volunteer their time and talents to our community with passion and commitment,” Mr. Gauthier said.

Volunteering for a hospice is not for everyone, he admits, but for him, it invokes a deep sense of appreciation for life and the people for whom he can provide comfort in their final days.

Initially, he began volunteering with Hospice by the Sea because of the significant number of hospice patients seen by A Family Member HomeCarecaregivers throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. “I wanted to find a way to do more for these people and their families,” he recalls.

At the outset, he volunteered by visiting the hospice patients in their homes, providing emotional solace and companionship to them and their families, and sometimes even grocery shopping. However, Mr. Gauthier, a hard-charging home health agency executive, career entrepreneur and Health Sector Policy Management MBA, wanted to provide more hands-on assistance, so he began volunteering at Hospice by the Sea’sacute care facility, which provides around-the-clock skilled supervision to 18 patients at a time.

There, Mr. Gauthier is able to lend his professional experience by directly assisting the Certified Nurse on duty with patient care, feeding, charts and other medically related materials, as well as perform an array of administrative tasks, such as answering the telephone.

“A lot of people don’t want to be around those who are dying,” he admitted, “but I’m perpetually reminded of the value of life while we’re able to live it. That is pounded into me every time I’m there.”

Nominated for Volunteer Broward’s “Heart of the Community” by Hospice by the Sea officials, Mr. Gauthier continues his work there, along with serving on the Board of Directors of the Meyerhoff Center, a senior center that has been serving South Florida elders in Hollywood, Florida for over 30 years. There, he has helped to guide the organization through a major business transition.

Volunteer Broward’s “Heart of the Community” honors individuals who have been identified from among Volunteer Broward’s 600 affiliated non-profit agencies as having made a difference in the Broward community.

A Family Member HomeCare of South Florida assists Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County seniors and families with personal home health care, transferring, walking, dressing, bathing, grooming, companionship, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, meal preparation and stimulating activities. The agency works with all South Florida hospitals and rehabilitation clinics to ensure safe transitions to in-home health care.

A Family Member HomeCare of South Florida serves independent and assisted living clients in the following Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County cities: Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderhill, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Wilton Manors, Aventura, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park, Coral Gables, El Portal, Florida City, Golden Beach, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, Indian Creek, Islandia, Key Biscayne, Medley, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Lakes, Miami Shores Village, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, Pinecrest, South Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Sweetwater, Virginia Gardens, West Miami, Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Delray Beach, Glen Ridge, Golf, Greenacres, Gulf Stream, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet, Colony Lake, Clarke Shores, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, Manalapan, Loxahatchee Groves, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Mangonia Park, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Pahokee, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Shores, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Tequesta.

A Family Member HomeCare provides Spanish and Creole speaking caregivers.

Brian Gauthier's A Family Member HomeCare is a Joint Commission-accredited agency and a member of the Home Care Association of Florida, HomeCare and Hospice Association. Mr. Gauthier is a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

His blog, “South Florida Home Health Care Agency: A Family Member HomeCare” provides resources and updates on Florida home health care agency-related governmental, legislative and regulatory matters. The blog includes a link to http://www.keepmomathome.org/southflorida, a resource that families can access to set up their own family blog, or consult a library of caregiver tips and helpful hints.

For more information about Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County home health care for seniors and other family members, contact Brian Gauthier at A Family Member HomeCare (954) 986-5090, or toll-free at 1-866-99-A-FAMILY (1-866-992-3264) or visit the agency on-line at http://www.afamilymemberhomecare.com.

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