Local senior caregiver wins national award

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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- A Sherman woman is one of only a handful of caregivers across the country to receive special recognition for her work.

"This is what I'm supposed to be doing," said Patricia Gatewood, who's worked for Preston Place Senior Living for four years and has been a caregiver for 15 years.

She said taking care of her in-laws before they passed away inspired her to go into the field.

"They needed help, so I helped take care of them and like I say, they were residents here for a while and then that was my calling," said Gatewood.

Earlier this month in Nashville, Gatewood receieved a national Hero Award from Argentum, a national trade association for senior living communities. The award is given to outstanding senior living staff.

While tens of thousands are nominated, only five were chosen.

"Assisted living, independent living, memory care, anywhere that seniors reside - most of those companies are a part of Argentum and so it's huge, national, it's a great honor," said Preston Place Executive Director Shannon Chartier.

"She deserves it and I think she has added many things here that would justify her having had this," said Evelyn Low, a resident. "She's always hugging and she's a person who will step in at any time to do what needs to be done and can be done."

For that reason, Sherman Mayor David Plyler issued a proclamation Thursday morning recognizing Gatewood for all of her hard work.

"It's a very big honor. I'm very blessed, I'm very honored," said Gatewood.

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