When Ken Morfit from the local Optimist Club contacted Jason Folbigg, executive director of Life Care Center of Westminster, Colorado, about honoring an associate with the Optimist’s Service Recognition Award, it didn’t take long to come up with a much deserving team member: Fred Masero, physical therapist assistant.
Masero is known for his warm and welcoming smile as well as his generous and giving spirit.
“Fred sees a resident with a need and steps in, without hesitation, to help,” said Angela Rodenburg, business office director.
For example, a rehab patient needed a shower chair at home prior to discharge yet had no way to get one and no family to assist her. Masero purchased the shower chair on his personal time, with his own funds and delivered the shower chair to the resident. He also noticed a rehab resident struggling to obtain the recommended cushion and ordered it on Amazon, again using his personal funds, and had the cushion delivered to the resident.
“When you praise Fred for these actions, he humbly says, ‘It’s not a big deal,’” said Rodenburg.
These two instances alone would make Masero a candidate for this special recognition from the local Optimist Club. But the true demonstration of his caring nature occurs annually at Christmas time. He and his wife Tami, understanding the challenge that patients face being away from home over the holiday season, felt they must do something to help ensure a happy holiday for those recovering at Life Care Center of Westminster. So for the past three years, they have personally purchased, wrapped and hand delivered Christmas gifts to each and every rehab patient.
During the special award ceremony on July 10, 2019, Folbigg shared, “Fred Masero inspires me to be a better person.”
Maybe he has inspired you, too.
Fred has been a part of the Life Care Center of Westminster team for 11 years and was also awarded Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award for February 2019.