La Quinta woman wins caregiver award for going ‘above and beyond’


Care manager Denise Cox poses for a photo at Arosa Coachella Valley in Palm Desert, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.

Denise Cox was in her early 20s when she started working as a caregiver. She was drawn to the work because of her love and respect for her own grandparents. Cox, 49, is still at it, managing patient care as well as a team of caregivers as a lifecare manager at Arosa in Palm Desert. 

“The passion I have for the senior community, it’s never wavered,” Cox said. 

She was recently recognized for her commitment to the field with a Ceca Award for “caregiver excellence.” Cox was nominated for the industry award by her colleagues at Arosa, which offers care management and caregiving services. 

“I just was floored,” Cox recalled. The announcement was made during a recent monthly staff meeting. “It was very humbling to me,” she said, especially because she relies so much on the work of her peers.

“I can’t do what I do without my team,” she said. “I wish that every one of my teammates, my caregivers, that they could all win the award because it really is a team effort.”

Care manager Denise Cox (center) poses for a photo with care specialists Leslie Saller (left) and Yessica Velasquez (right) at Arosa Coachella Valley in Palm Desert, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.

Caregivers and health care workers who consistently go “above and beyond” for their patients may feel it is just part of their jobs, but their work “transforms peoples’ lives,” said Nate Hamme, president of the Ceca Foundation, the nonprofit behind the award program. The Ceca Foundation partners with organizations and companies in 15 states to help them with employee recognition by providing a nomination platform and sharing best practices, Hamme said. 



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