Stacey Hose – Unsung Hero

Stacey Hose, who works as a home health aide for West Virginia's Choice in Keyser, is being recognized as an Unsung Hero by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) for her work during the pandemic.

As a home health aide, Stacey is taking care of others by providing in-home care services to clients who need help with day-to-day tasks to remain independent. Those tasks include assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, meal preparation and light housekeeping.

Stacey's work is essential and could not stop because of the pandemic.

DRS Rehabilitation Counselor Nicole Piraino nominated Stacey for the Unsung Heroes recognition for this very reason.

Stacey became a client of DRS while she was in high school. She had a learning disability, which made reading, math and comprehension difficult for her. One of Stacey's biggest challenges was passing the written test to get her learner's permit to drive. However, she was determined, and she eventually achieved her goal.

Piraino worked with Stacey to help her identify her strengths and capabilities and to ultimately find a job that was well suited for her after she graduated from Hampshire High School in 2019.

According to Piraino, Stacey is very sweet and polite, as well as easy to talk with when she gets past her shyness. She is good at following directions and at following through on tasks, which makes her an ideal candidate for the type of work she is doing.

The pandemic requires Stacey to take extra precautions while working. She has to wear a mask while she is in her client's home and wash or sanitize her hands frequently.

Stacey tries to be extremely cautious because she lives with her grandmother. She worries about carrying the COVID-19 virus back to her grandmother or her great-grandmother, who she sees often.

When she has time, Stacey likes to ride her dirt bike, and she makes wind bracelets out of rubber bands to cope with stress.

Eventually, Stacey would like to go back to school to become a certified nursing assistant. With that, she may decide to work in a hospital or a nursing home, but she will still be helping to take care of others.