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A tradition of great caregiving means that we take care of our own as well as we take care you and your family. 

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.

Linda Kenton

Linda Kenton

Congratulations Linda Kenton for being voted CAREGiver of the month for March 2020!!!
Linda is a kind woman who only has good things to say about her coworkers.  She has always been a joy to speak with.  She is patient, caring, empathetic and compassionate with clients that she attends to.  She loves the work she does, and I don’t even think she considers it work.  She can rise above any challenge that confronts her. She doesn’t let the stress of the job get to her.  Linda is dependable, trustworthy and will do almost anything asked of her, including staying with a client through a hurricane!


Angie Sommers

Angie Sommers

​CONGRATULATIONS ANGIE, for being voted CAREGiver of the month for February 2020!!!  Angie is a delight to be around. Always happy and smiling, she loves her clients and she's always willing to go the extra mile.  She will pick up shifts to help out staffing when they're in a bind, and always has something positive to say when she comes by the office.  Thank you, Angie, for being a rockstar out there for us! 


​ST AUGUSTINE/PALM COAST CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR 2020!!!

​ST AUGUSTINE/PALM COAST CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR 2020!!!

Congratulations MELCITE "MEMI" DIEUDONNE for being awarded St Augustine/Palm Coast CAREGiver of the Year for 2020!!!

Tell us a story that demonstrates the special relationship your CAREGiver nominee has with a Home Instead client.

Melcite does not have a special relationship with a Home Instead client.  She has a special relationship with ALL of her Home Instead clients.  It is almost a guarantee that if Memi is assigned to a new client, she will be on their preferred list of CAREGivers, if not the one they try to get exclusively.  Never do they ever have to call the office with concerns of the care that Memi provides.  She is proactive and engaging in every home she goes to.  Even the hardest won client’s cave to her engaging personality.      

Give an example of a time your nominated CAREGiver demonstrated exceptional leadership skills.

It is often difficult at times to find CAREGivers who are willing to step up and be present on a consistent basis.  Melcite is one of those rare people who demonstrates reliability, compassion, consistency, communication and integrity.  She always has a smile and a kind word to say, and is well loved by her peers and her client's alike.  We never hear negative feedback from Memi, her co-workers or her clients.  She will greet you with a smile and a chuckle every time, even if she's not necessarily having the best of days.  She leaves a lasting and positive impression on everyone she meets.  It is an honor to recommend someone with such human and work ethic to be CAREGiver of the year.         

Describe a time your CAREGiver nominee went above and beyond for a Home Instead client.

Melcite is an Overnight CAREGiver.  She always has been and always will be.  One year When working overnights for a client, the client’s husband unexpectedly passed away. Night shift at that time was no longer needed due to the client's circumstances, but to keep some consistency and normalcy in the client’s life, Memi disrupted her own schedule and went to day shifts for two weeks until the client's schedule returned to normal and she was able to resume regular services.  

A few weeks ago, Memi had been at a family event when she received a call from the office that one of the caregivers for a regular client had called off last minute.  She dropped what she was doing at the family event and was with the client as soon as she could get there.  “Don’t you worry, I’ve got this.  I’ll be there.”    

Describe a time your CAREGiver nominee went above and beyond for your franchise office.

There isn't just one specific time Melcite has gone above and beyond for the office.  There are many.  Consistently, week after week, she is there for her fellow schedulers and office staff.  If a last-minute shift needs to be filled, she is always willing to step up.  She will disrupt her own life in the care of her own clients, as well as those she has never met before.  If a fellow caregiver needs to switch a shift, leave early or come in late, Memi is always willing to accommodate.  We very rarely, if ever, hear the words "I can't"  from her, and she has often been known to drop everything to be available to a client in need.   On a regular basis, she has been known to call the office on her way home from a shift and tell them “I’m going home to sleep now, but if you need to put me in something you go ahead and do that and I’ll confirm it as soon as I wake up.”  And every time, she will go in, confirm her shift, show up and be present.  


Crystal Rudderow

Crystal Rudderow

​Congratulations Crystal Rudderow for being voted CAREGiver of the month for January 2020!!!
Crystal began her journey as a CAREGiver for Home Instead in 2019 and has since proved herself worthy of the Title CAREGiver of the Month.  “She is reliable, considerate of other people’s time, respectful, shows up on time for her shifts, communicates with the office regularly and is well loved by her clients and peers.  She is always willing to pick up shifts and regularly goes above and beyond.  She is a true asset to our team”


Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson

Congratulations Cheryl Johnson for being voted CAREGiver of the month for December 2019!!!
“She is reliable and responsible.  She shows up early, just to make sure she’s on time.  She doesn’t mind staying late to wait for a client.  She is always friendly and pleasant with both clients and co-workers alike.  If we need someone to fill in, she’s always willing and accommodating to change.  She is always willing to accommodate her client and their needs. She also helps her fellow caregivers with shift adjustments when needed. We never have to worry whether she will make her shifts. If she says she’s going, you know she is!  She is a CAREGiver who has heart.  I have always felt she’s not in it for the recognition, she’s in it because it’s what she loves to do.  ”  
Cheryl has completed over 7450 hours of service since she began in January of 2015.  


Melcite "Memi" Dieudonne

Melcite "Memi" Dieudonne

Congratulations Melcite “Memi” Dieudonne for being voted CAREGiver of the month for November 2019!!!
Memi has been a CAREGiver for Home Instead Senior Care for 10 years and completed over 8200 hours of service.  She has been voted CGOTM because “She’s always so pleasant and willing to help, ““Because I know you need coverage for a client ””. She is reliable, on time and consistently goes above and beyond for her clients and Home Instead.  Memi has an “upbeat personality and always has good things to say about people.  She is a pleasure to be around and leaves a lasting impression wherever she goes.  Clients and Caregivers alike adore her.”.  It never seems to matter what she has going on, she is always ready and willing to help out.   


Lorraine Perez

​Congratulations Lorraine for being voted CAREGiver of the month for October 2019!!!
Lorraine has been a CAREGiver for Home Instead Senior Care since December of 2015.  Since then, she has completed 6999 hours of service.  Some of the wonderful things her co-workers have to say about her…
Lorraine has a dynamite personality and has such passion for her clients (Wendy)
She is reliable and always on time. She goes above and beyond, and she is always willing to accommodate her schedule for the clients and staffing department.  (Allisa)
Lorraine is a team player. She never hesitates to pick up shifts for her regular clients but also clients that may not be her regulars. She is funny, caring, and always positive. It really shows that she enjoys her job. (Stacey)
Loves her clients.  She calls and updates us on her clients on a regular basis.  She is funny and caring.  (June)


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