Home Instead, Inc. recognizes regional CAREGivers of the Year and one
special CAREGiver who shows exceptional dedication is the recipient of
the national award — The Mary Steibel CAREGiverSM of the Year Award.This
program inspires CAREGivers to strive for excellence. It creates a
sense of pride and rewards their hard work, compassionate care and
service to others.
What makes her a great CAREGiver: Leveraging her past in-home caregiving experience, Chris has a very calming effect on her clients and makes them feel comfortable.
What sets her apart: She welcomed a client who is very particular and who had demonstrated a great attachment to and affinity for a previous CAREGiver. Despite the challenges, Chris was able to break through make a great connection with the client.
Attribute(s) of Love (v.) she demonstrates: Selflessness. Chris will drop everything to take care of a client who needs help, regardless if she has ever met the client.
Free time: Chris enjoys sewing, crafting, and playing board and card games. Outside, she likes camping and having bonfires.
What makes her a great CAREGiver: Missy easily adapts to clients’ situations, based on their needs and preferences. Plus, she always makes her clients feel special and important. These behaviors likely stem from being a family caregiver for her grandpar-ents as well as her years working in the hospital setting.
What sets her apart: By offering helpful tips and suggestions, Missy has helped other CAREGivers on her client’s team succeed in their roles. If able, Missy will also jump in if open shifts become available. She will often even rearrange her schedule or travel anywhere to assist.
Attribute(s) of Love (v.) she demonstrates: Definitely respectfulness! Missy treats every client as though they are her own parents. She tells the clients that she is a guest in their homes.
Personal life: Missy enjoys gardening, reading and going to church.
What makes her a great CAREGiver: Being a retired teacher, Cathy possesses a positive, sunny outlook. She took care of her mother until her passing, which instilled in Cathy the real-life skills necessary to care for clients as well as the ability to display empathy and anticipate a client’s needs.
What sets her apart: She frequently calls the office, ready and willing to help any client. She fills in during shifts when she’s able, especially on weekends when shifts tend to be more difficult to staff.
Attribute(s) of Love (v.) she demonstrates: A client’s daughter commented how Cathy shows patience with her mother at shower time: “She uses care, caution and extra time during this important process.” Another client’s daughter said that Cathy is part of her mom’s Dream Team because she’s kind and loving.
Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.
Each Home Instead Senior Care franchise is independently owned and operated.