The Illinois Association of Community Care Program Homecare Providers selected Petraq Jakova as the winner of the Mary I. Hill Homecare Aide of the Year Award for the northern region.

Petraq has been working with our Lombard location as a caregiver since Sahara opened its doors in 2011. He has a background in physical education-coaching students in track and field and training Olympic athletes in his native Albania. Petraq uses his past experience to help his clients with light exercises.

“I’m very grateful and humbled and I will continue to make my clients’ lives better by bringing my best self to work,” he said in a statement.

Petraq was nominated for the award by Nilofer Salman, CCP Supervisor-In Charge of our Lombard location.

“Mr. Jakova has been extraordinary working as a Homecare Aide for many years and his dedication to this role has far exceeded any expectations,” she said. “His easy-going attitude, adaptability, and adjusting according to the client’s needs is exemplary and we appreciate all the help he has given us during the pandemic.”

Several other Homecare Aides were also recognized by IACCPHP for their work with Honorable Mentions.

  • Aaliya Ismail, Bolingbrook
  • Asim Khan, Skokie
  • Babubhai Patel, Mount Prospect
  • Claudia Perez, Albany Park
  • Feroza Tota, Hanover Park