Home Instead recognizes outstanding CAREGivers who demonstrate the
Attributes of Love (v). This program inspires CAREGivers to
strive for excellence, and it rewards CAREGivers for their hard work, compassionate care and dedicated service to others.
On an annual basis, we select a CAREGiver of the Year and celebrate him/her at a special reception at our office. Our
CAREGiver of the Year is also presented to our corporate headquarters in Omaha, Neb., as a nominee for the national award — The Mary Steibel CAREGiverSM of the Year Award.
For the past seven years, Shirley has served Home Instead Green Bay with such positivity. Clients continually acknowledge that she does extra "little things" that make their days brighter. She also makes certain to treat each client with dignity and to make sure each one is happy with the care she provides. It's no wonder that she is adored by every client she serves. Already managing a full schedule, Shirley is also willing to take on additional responsibilities in times of need.
Outside of caregiving, Shirley enjoys gardening, reading, traveling and working in the yard.
Despite a full schedule, Lynn remains calm, upbeat, positive and organized. Even in difficult situations, her personality helps put clients and their families at ease. As a team member said, she has a “God-given gift” of being able to work with others. Often without hesitation, she’s eager to jump in and offer help; in fact, when Campbell’s discontinued its pea soup — a client’s favorite — Lynn was seen trying to make it from scratch, despite never having made pea soup.
Outside of caregiving, Lynn likes to sew, read and sing.
Chan is innately a caregiver, having cared for her parents and now supporting our clients in their homes. She applies a selfless determina-tion to help others. And she makes a big impact when she does; in fact, her clients repeatedly ask for her to return to their homes as often as she can. Another big reason is her personality and how it helps put clients and their families at ease. One of her clients stated, “I want Chan to help as much as possible because I enjoy and trust her.”
In addition to her passion for caregiving, Chan enjoys biking, hiking, walking, playing tennis, spending time with family, watching movies and listening to music.
A team member described Carol by saying, “She gets to know her clients well and commits herself to providing tailored care to each client, based on needs, wants and personality.” In fact, when one of her clients passed away, Carol called the husband that morning and went over to the house to make sure he had companionship, breakfast and clean linens. And she still makes it a point to visit the client’s friends!
In her 10 years with us, Carol has repeatedly made people feel comfortable in difficult situations like this. A big part of being able to do so is her ability to be attentive and listen with patience.
In her free time, Carol likes to camp, fish, attend concerts, go walking, read, shop, bake and collect Elvis Presley memorabilia.
Adele possesses so many strengths that make her an example to follow. She views each client as unique and, because of that, tailors her cares to his or her unique needs. For example, she recently created an activity involving a balloon, which helped her client with arm exercises — and her client loved it! Adele is able to tailor her cares accordingly because she takes time to get to know each client, being attentive to what they’re saying without interrupting.
Outside of caregiving, Adele is a huge fan of art, jewelry, puzzles and card games. She also enjoys yoga; reading; crafting; and spending time with her children and beagle, named Frankie.