This month's CAREGiver spotlight goes to Cindy S. Cindy has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead for nearly 5 years! In that time she has become close with many clients, but she had a special relationship with one client in particular. This client even referred to Cindy as her "daughter and best friend". Cindy says in order to be a great CAREGiver you must have a comforting spirit, anticipate the wants and needs of the client and be a good listener. She has created bonds with our clients by expressing interest in the client's past accomplishments and she always tries to make them laugh, saying "it's the best medicine". She has gone above and beyond for many clients but recalls, a time when she visited a client in rehab to bring her little treats and flowers. Cindy would do anything to put a smile on her face. What Cindy finds most satisfying about the job is being able to enrich the lives of our clients.
Thank you Cindy and all of our CAREGivers for their hard work and dedication to our clients during these times. Please continue to stay safe!
This month's CAREGiver spotlight is Cheryl H. She has been a CAREGiver with us since 2014. Over the course of the last 5 years Cheryl has provided care to many Home Instead clients. One client in particular holds a special place in her heart. For over a year Cheryl and her client often did crossword puzzles together and enjoyed going on outings. Cheryl is grateful that she was able to provide care through his last year. When providing care Cheryl feels the most important thing to remember is to be caring, considerate, have a kind heart and to always understand that our clients may have bad days but the good days always outweigh the bad. She stated, "I live by the golden rule of always treat others the way you would want someone to treat you". Cheryl simply says that she loves her job because at the end of the day she knows she is doing the right thing by providing care to those that need care. Thank you to Cheryl and all of our amazing CAREGivers for all your hard work".
This month's CAREGiver spotlight is Deborah Y. She has been with Home Instead for almost 5 years. One of our clients holds a special place in her heart because of the daily words of wisdom they share. Over the last 5 years she has learned that being a good listener is one of the biggest qualities that a CAREGiver can have. She says "Listening to understand and not listening to respond. That changes everything for a client and the care you provide to them. Going above and beyond is what Deborah does every day for our clients. She recalls one time our client's heat wasn't going to be fixed for another week. After speaking with the company who handles the heat and got them to come out within the hour after emphasizing the importance of our client needing to have heat! What Deborah enjoys most about being a Home Instead CAREGiver is meeting different people from every walk of life. Each day she works with our clients, she learns something valuable. She says, "I am able to build bonds and friendships that make my job more than just a job. It's my career". Thank you Deborah, and all of our CAREGivers for everything you do for our clients!
Kyla H. has been with Home Instead since early 2018. She has an amazing relationship with one of her clients that she has been with from the start, that she says is "91 years young". The client enjoy their morning routines with coffee and reminiscing about her childhood. Being with the same client Kyla has had the pleasure of meeting her clients children, grand children and even great grand children!
Kyla says "I have loved every day of my last two years with her and her family" and hopes to spend many more. Not having family here in Maryland Kyla says "It has been a gift" to be a member of her clients. The key to care giving to her is "Patience, understanding and love what you do". Her favorite thing about being a CAREGiver with Home Instead is being part of the families that she works with.
This month's CAREGiver spotlight for Howard County feature's Kokita D! She has been with us since 2016. Kokita says "communication, motivation, and creativity" are key traits to be a great CAREGiver. She has worked with a wide variety of clients, ranging from military veterans to clients who spoke different languages and has enjoyed working with them all!
Kokita is always thinking outside the box for her clients. She has gone above and beyond the call of a CAREGiver to find the perfect nail salon that would accommodate her client, who was wheelchair-bound. After finding the perfect one, her client was beyond happy.
Kokita says, "The clients are why I do what I do. Just to see their eyes light up when they see me and say I'm so happy to see you." Well done Kokita!
We want to thank Kokita and all of our amazing CAREGivers this month. Keep up the great work and have a great holiday season!
2018 CAREGiver of the year. Jean joined our team in July of 2008. She has served over 19,000 hours. Growing up in the Caribbean, raised by her great grand mother, Jean always be the youngest in her church made up of elders found her passion in helping others. Jean, said, “I do it from my heart and I take great pride in being a Home Instead CAREGiver. Thank you Jean for always building trust, taking the lead and sharing your heart.
2018 CAREGiver of the year. Laura joined our Home Instead office via our New Hampshire office in 2012. Laura has served over 8100 hours. Laura said, “Being a caregiver has given her life experience that she never imagined and a positive quality of life knowing she is helping others." Thank you Laura for sharing your heart, taking the lead and building trust.
2017 CAREGiver of the year, Kim Lewis. Kim joined our team in March of 2015. She has served over 5600 hours. We can always count on positive feedback from our clients and family members when it comes to the care Kim provides. We can't thank Kim enough for building trust, taking the lead and sharing her heart. ❣️
2016 CAREGiver of the Decade, Arlena Barnes! Arlena joined our team in March of 2005. She has served over 28,000 hours! We can always count on positive feedback from our clients and family members when it comes to the care Arlena provides. We can't thank Arlena enough for building trust, taking the lead and sharing her heart.❣️
2016 CAREGiver of the year, Cecilia Muhlbock!
Cecilia joined our team in September of 2002. She has served over 16,000 hours! We can always count on positive feedback from our clients and family members when it comes to the care Cecilia provides. We can't thank Cecilia enough for building trust, taking the lead and sharing her heart.❣️
2015 CAREGiver of the year! Kathy joined our team in October 2009.She has served over 15,000 hours. We can always count on positive feedback from our clients and family members when it comes to the care Kathy provides. We can't thank Kathy enough for building trust, taking the lead and sharing her hear