Chisago City resident honored as caregiver of the year

Kris Silbernagel, of Chisago City, has been named the Aging Services of Minnesota 2013 District D Caregiver of the Year for her years of service to the residents at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes. This award is the highest honor awarded to Minnesota caregivers who dedicate their lives and careers to serving older adults.

Aging Services of Minnesota, a trade association, honored Silbernagel.

Karen Immel, dietary manager, nominated Silbernagel, a dining assistant at the senior living community, for the prestigious award. “I swear Kris lays awake at night thinking of ways to enhance the dining experience for our tenants,” noted Immel. “Kris goes above and beyond the dining experience by getting to know the tenants and their families. On her days off she finds items to decorate the dining room for the current season or holiday.”

Silbernagel’s dedication to serving the residents of Ecumen is apparent to everyone who knows her.

“The Caregiver of the Year award is about honoring the very best of the best,” said Gayle Kvenvold, president and CEO of Aging Services of Minnesota. “It’s also an important opportunity to show Minnesotans the face of the people who care for our loved ones when we cannot.

Caregivers like Silbernagel are the unsung heroes in Minnesota’s health care system. The deep commitment, talent and contributions of caregivers like her rarely receive the public recognition they deserve.

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