Joanne filled out the application to become a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care in Daytona Beach. Joanne says that she came in for the interview, was hired, and as the saying goes, "the rest is history". Read more...
Jill Mollica, originally from the Lake Placid area in upstate New York, relocated to sunny Florida back in 2005. Once she got the family unpacked and settled in their new area and home, she set out to start the next chapter in her working career. She found a position as a Home Health Aide and worked for the same company for 5 years. During her tenure with this company, she received their Employee of the Month award in 2009, 2010 and another in 2012. Jill then, once again, packed up her family and moved them to the Deland area in Florida. Eventually, she found herself looking for a new position but, this time, knew she wanted another HHA position. After doing some research and reading numerous reviews, she found a company that was very well respected throughout the community and applied at the Volusia County Home Instead Senior Care office in Daytona Beach. She came in for the interview and heard about the employee benefits, the variable work schedule, the continuous training classes offered and other great opportunities and accepted the position in 2016.
Since joining our HISC family, Jill tells us the she loves working at Home Instead. "It's so rewarding to help and care for the seniors that can no longer do everything on their own. They are genuinely happy when you arrive. To see their smiles, to hear their thank you's, and to be asked 'what would I do without you?', this is my reward and why I do what I do! I feel very blessed to be able to bring some love and laughter into their lives."
We asked Jill to share one of her most memorable experiences and without hesitation, she shared that one of her clients was a self-taught artist and loved to paint. She, the client, would bring her paintings out and would tell Jill all about the inspiration behind each painting. Jill said that this client loved to tell the stories behind every painting. Another client was a retired history teacher and loved antiques. Jill said that she loves antiques also, so this was a unique interest that they both could share. They would visit different antique stores and could spend hours talking about the different styles and eras and designs.
Jill tells us that she loves meeting her new clients and finding ways to help them stay connected and involved with the things that always made them happy, but now find themselves not able to do anymore. She said that caring for them makes them feel safe and knowing that you always have their best interest at heart makes them feel secure. Jill then tells us the hardest part of her job is when one of her clients become so frustrated because he can't think of the right word or can't explain something to her that he becomes so angry that he has tears in his eyes.
After finding out that she was chosen as our CAREGiver of the month, Jill said she told her one client about receiving this award and how excited she was when we told her, Jill said he looked at her and said "I'm not surprised! You deserve it!" She said she was so touched by his words and his conviction.
It is our honor to introduce to you, the Volusia County, Daytona Beach, Home Instead Senior Care, 2018 September CAREGiver of the Month: Jill Mollica
Kathleen Godden joined the Home Instead Senior Care, Daytona Beach family way back in October 2015. She tells us that a friend, who was an employee of the company, convinced her to fill out the application and go through the hiring process. Kathleen says that she gives thanks, every day, for her friendship and guidance that lead her to HISC. Within 30 days of being certified as a Home Health Aide with Home Instead Senior Care, Kathleen started caring for an 83-year-old male client. She continued caring for this client until his passing, last year, in November 2017. After his passing, his wife became our client and Kathleen continues to care for her. When we asked Kathleen to share one of her memorable experiences with one of her clients, she tells us "it was definitely with Mr. B. He was a comedian when I first met him and he was still his ole comedian self until he took his last breath".
This consistency is one of the traits that the HISC office staff used to descried Kathleen. The staff states that Kathleen Builds Trust by being reliable and consistent with her client's care. She Takes the Lead in keeping the office updated with all of her clients ever changing conditions. She Shares her Heart by giving her clients her complete attention and by being proactive in their care. We asked Kathleen what she likes most about her position with HISC and she tells us, "It's knowing I'm making a difference in their lives. Just seeing a smile from them, I know I've done my job"! Kathleen tells us that she is perfectly happy with her clients and she wouldn't want to change her job for anything!
It is because of her dedication and devotion to her clients, Kathleen Godden has been selected as our July 2018, CAREGiver of the Month.
In January 2017, Maria Bustamante joined the Home Instead Senior Care, Daytona Beach family. Maria has always worked in the customer service field in one form or another. Previously, while living in New York, she was a department Supervisor for a grocery store chain. Once she moved to Florida in 2015, she gravitated to the grocery store arena once again but this time in the floral department. One day, while talking with a close friend, they were talking about jobs and working and who was doing what and started taking about an elderly female needing someone to help and care for her. Maria applied, had an interview, and was hired as a Companion and Assistant for this woman. As the days and months passed, Maria realized that this was the customer service field she wanted to be in! She started to search the internet for CAREGiving positions and came across the Home Instead job posting, and as the saying goes, the rest is history!
Maria describes herself as fair and honest, task orientated and practical, outgoing and enthusiastic. The Home Instead office staff describes Maria as dependable and reliable with an uplifting, positive, can-do attitude. Her professionalism and dedication towards her clients, enables her to Share her Heart daily when it is needed the most. When asked to share a memorable experience, Maria tells us she loves when she has the opportunity to take her client away from the nursing home environment and getting to spend the day pampering her, whether it is at the hair salon or just going for a ride and stopping for lunch. "To see the joy and contentment on her face as we spend the day together, truly enjoying each other's company, is a day well spent and very rewarding". Maria Builds Trust by completing the tasks assigned to her in a timely manner and by keeping her clients best interest at the forefront of her care. Maria Takes the Lead by attending monthly training classes that enhances and advances the skills that she uses daily caring for her clients.
It is with great pride, that we share with you, our July 2018 CAREGiver of the Month, Maria Bustamante!
Dazzma Denson joined the Home Instead Senior Care, Daytona Beach family in May 2017. Dazzma describes herself as a caring and kind, out-going and fun person. She says she loves to work! In her free time, taking care and doing things with her daughter is what she thrives on. Dazzma tells us she is Blessed to be working in a career she loves and then to come home to a daughter she adores. The office describes Dazzma as being very dependable and reliable. She Builds Trust by always having the clients best interest at heart and she is willing to go the extra mile when the need arises. Dazzma Takes the Lead by keeping in contact with the office with any and all concerns pertaining to her client's changing conditions.
We asked Dazzma how she chose Home Instead Senior Care as her company of choice and she said, "I chose HISC as my career because I LOVE taking care of others. It's a passion of mine to be able to take care of our seniors". Dazzma is currently taking care of a female client who is 101 years old and still a ball of fire! She works 5 days a week, 7 hours a day with this one client. Dazzma Shares her Heart every day assisting Ms W. in her day to day routine. Even at 101, her client is still able to do some things for herself with a small amount of coaching and assistance. Dazzma says this is what she likes most about her job, she gets to help those who need it the most and they get to stay home where they want to be!
Daytona Beach Home Instead Senior Care is proud to introduce you to our May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month… Dazzma Denson!
Liz Shares her Heart every day with her clients by finding something that the client enjoys and making sure that they are enjoying what they are doing at any specific time. Liz tells us that you have to Build Trust with your clients before they will let you assist them with some of their needs. Staying true to yourself, being dependable and compassionate, and demonstrating that you have their best interests at heart, will have you and your client working together towards the same goal of keeping them safe and independent in their own home. Read More...
Denise Builds Trust with her clients by being dependable and always on time. She Shares her Heart during every shift that she is with one of her clients and even on her days off. We found out that when Denise is not scheduled for a day, she makes sure that her client has a well-balanced meal that just needs to be heated. Denise Takes the Lead to ensure that all of her clients live their lives to their fullest potential and that they always have something to look forward to. Read More...
Megan describes herself as being people oriented, task oriented, kind and sensitive. She has an Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy and is licensed as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Working with people and seniors and hearing good things about Home Instead Senior Care, Megan says she found herself filling out the application for the Daytona Beach office. Read More...
Kathy was asked about her most memorable experience. She spoke about a time when she had to take a client to the hospital after a fall. The client was bleeding and very frightened. She had to get sutures for a skin tear. Kathy held her hand and talked to her about her grandson and kept her distracted from the procedure. The client was very relieved by the distraction and the comfort she provided. Kathy Shared her Heart, and they developed a trusting bond that continued after the experience. Read More...
When I asked Willorie how she choose Home Instead Senior Care as her career path, Willo states that "quality caregiving has always been like a woven fabric throughout my personal and professional life. So when a friend shared with me the strong need and appreciation of the services that Home Instead Senior Care offered, this career choice was the right fit at the right time in my life". Willorie also said this about her career with Home Instead: "Things are going as well as can be expected in such a challenging and dynamic position. It still continues to be very rewarding and a life learning growth experience" Read More...
When asked how she choose her career as a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care, Rhonda tells us that "it was on the advice from a dear friend. This friend used HISC's services and only had great things to say about this company!" Rhonda said she was looking for a part time position that was positive, nurturing and less stressful that the line cook position that she had. Rhonda stated, "I never expected it to turn into such a rewarding and fulfilling career!" Read More...
Jeanne Macrides joined the Home Instead Senior Care, Daytona Beach Family back in October 2016. Jeanne grew up in a large family, with 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Her family gave her that caring, supportive personality. Jeanne describes herself as "a busy woman trying to find 5 minutes for myself at the same time as, loving my family and clients that keep my life so full". When asked how she decided on the Home Instead Senior Care career path, Jeanne tells us that "I had spent the two previous years caring for an increasingly ill loved one and decided that this career was the right thing for me to do. I wanted to continue giving!" Read More...
Christine shares her heart, with the telling of this story. "My client was informed that I had won this amazing recognition of CAREGiver of the Month. So out of the kindness of his heart, when I arrived at my next shift, the husband of my client had put up a sign on the garage door that read, "parking for the CAREGiver of the Month". Christine said "this made me feel really blessed to be assisting such a great client and her husband". Read more...
When asked how did she chose Home
Instead as a career, Theresa stated that she was looking for a job where she
would be given the opportunity to help someone, and to also feel appreciated
for what she does, and here at Home Instead, she shared, she’s found both.
Theresa said that she truly enjoys her job and enjoys working with the office
staff who are all very helpful. Read more...
Joanne builds trust with her clients by always being reliable and present to her shifts. When asked what she liked most about your job, Joanne said, "I love knowing that I make a difference in someone's life everyday by caring, earning their trust, and putting a smile of happiness on their face". Joanne takes the lead by attending in-services and training classes to increase her knowledge and skill level. Read more...
onboard to Home Instead in April of 2016 and has been a delight to work with.
Gayle has always had a passion for helping others. She shared that Home Instead
has given her the opportunity to do what she enjoys by helping our seniors do
what they truly want to do, which is to stay in their homes. Gayle excitingly
shares that she loves what she does. Someone recently asked her if she was
happy going to work and she said, “Yes Everyday”! Read more...
Sharing his heart, Dylan stated that helping the elderly and putting a smile on his client's face is what he likes the most about his job. He loves that he is able to help them so that they can remain comfortably in their homes. Dylan takes the lead by providing exceptional care to his clients. He's always alert and does whatever is asked of him during his shifts. Read more...
Junie takes the lead and is always seeking ways to increase her skill level and has completed our 2 part Specialized Alzheimer's series. She's also taken numerous in-services such as Diabetes and Meal Planning and COPD training. Junie builds trust with her clients by being reliable, responsible and by always being present. Read more...
Sarah has a passion for working with seniors. This passion led her to Home Instead Senior Care and she honestly feels that Home Instead is the right company for her. Sarah shares her heart with her client by doing craft projects together and by trying new recipes together. Sarah says that "being able to provide assistance to my clients in their homes, and helping them with anything they need, is the best aspect of my job". Read more...
Working with Home Instead Senior Care has given Sarah the opportunity to meet so many different people from different walks of life. Each of her clients have such amazing stories to tell about their lives and how they were raised. Sarah says that one of the reasons she loves her job is because her clients always make her feel needed and appreciated. Read more...
Mary shared that she enjoys her position her at Home Instead. She shared that each case has blessed and given her blessings of growth. It warms her heart that she can help her clients continue to stay at home and help them with their activities of daily living. She shared the story of one of her clients who taught her the Italian language. Mary's story...
Teresa Asby is often described as a giver. She has always taken care of others, even at a young age. When Teresa was younger she would babysit, and as she got older she worked in her family’s personal care business. Teresa joined the Home Instead family in 2014 and continually portrays professionalism, dependability and reliability. Read more...
Stella is always full of smiles and energy. In fact, she tells me that this is because she is still sixty-eight years young. She has a beautiful daughter and a wonderful son who, together, have given her four granddaughters and one grandson. The Lord has even blessed her with a great grandson. Stella grew up in rural Georgia, in the Bible belt. She has a deep love for the outdoors, and enjoys time where she can work in the flower garden or the yard. She enjoys long walks, rides on her three wheeler, family gatherings and cooking for them. Stella has a very outgoing personality and loves it when friends drop in to just talk or play games. Stella's story...
Born and raised in Michigan, Cheri Perkins came
to be part of our Home Instead Senior Care team on August 13, 2015. With prior
CAREGiving experience in her background, she fit right in here at Home Instead
Senior Care, Daytona Beach. Her compassion and nurturing heart were evident right
from the start. People have described Cheri as people oriented, enthusiastic,
sensitive, kind, and task oriented. Cheri describes herself as someone who is
outgoing and loves new experiences. Cheri's story...
Venessia Daniels was born in Little Rock Arkansas, and moved here to Florida in 1995. Blessed with two wonderful daughters, who then added to the family joy by each having a beautiful daughter of their own. Venessia happily gets to enjoy her family and grandchildren as they grow up through the years because they all share a home together in Ormond Beach. Venessia's story...
Maria Morales joined the team at Daytona Beach Home Instead Senior Care in January of 2015. Prior to becoming an HISC CAREGiver, Maria worked in the Philippines for ten years as a Physical Therapy provider catering to in-patient and homecare services to our US military retirees. Maria moved to Florida when she and her husband were married. They have two lovely children. Maria's Story...
On July 2, 2015, Mary Ellen Burrows joined the Daytona Beach, Home Instead Senior Care family as a CAREGiver. Prior to working at HISC, Mary Ellen had many years of experience with caring for others as she had taken care of family members and friends with lifelong illnesses. Her education and knowledge encompasses interior design and computer science, cattle and quarter horse farming, instructional training for dogs and horses. Mary Ellen has competed in rodeo shows as well. Read more...
There was something special about Sharon Riddle’s job interview nearly two years ago with the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Daytona Beach and Volusia County. “I felt uplifted as though this was the place God was pointing me,” Sharon said. “It’s not often you participate in a job interview and feel as though you’d be working in a Christian atmosphere while helping seniors who need you. It was more of a feeling than any specific words they said. I really felt God’s presence. I knew if I was hired, the job would be God-given.” Read More...
Award-winning CAREGiver Melissa Hagaman walked into a client’s house and was immediately challenged: “Tell me a joke, just make me laugh.” Melissa didn’t miss a beat, relating what she had seen on a billboard: “Old lawyers don’t die. They just lose their appeal.”
Shirley Green will be the first person to emphatically say she’s no miracle worker.
On a scheduled day off, Anna Cruz interrupted her normal routine to go
on a business trip. The award-winning CAREGiver couldn’t turn down the
opportunity to accompany her client couple to the popular public ocean
front at New Smyrna Beach. Yup, the one that has been voted Florida’s
top beach for the past seven years. Anna was “tasked” with joining the
96-year-old husband, his 94-year-old wife, their daughter and two
great-grandchildren on the 24-mile trip from DeLand that began at 10
a.m. and ended about 4 p.m. on one glorious Thursday in June. Read more
At least twice a month, award-winning CAREGiver Kathy Vicente and her 93-year-old client make a beeline to the Daytona Beach Boardwalk from the client’s Orange City home. The 35-minute trip lifts the spirits of her client – a widow. There’s time for quiet, uplifting chats and a chance to soak in the sun, sand, surf and companionship.
“I will suggest it or sometimes she does. She’ll say, ‘What do we have going today?’ And then she’ll wonder about the beach. From a psychological standpoint, it does her a lot of good because she sometimes gets depressed,” Kathy said. “We all get depressed from time to time, so that’s a common emotion. Read more
Judy Baltusis’ clients don’t have to talk to communicate with the
award-winning CAREGiver. But she was stunned one day when a normally
silent client did speak, a five-word plea that touched Judy’s heart. Judy
was at a skilled care community with a client who had been profoundly
affected by late-stage dementia. The client let the savvy CAREGiver know
what she needed by her body language, a smile, a tight grasp of the
hand, glances or the shake of her head, but she seldom spoke more than a
word. “People asked me how we could communicate in a situation like
that, but we did. I knew her well and had been with her for two years.
When her son would call, I would give him a status report while sitting
next to her,” Judy explained. Read more
On one particular day, award-winning CAREGiver Amber Boyce served as a
stress reliever for her client. It is one of a multitude of ways she can
help a senior – and their families. So what did you do, Amber? “The
client needed to go to a rehabilitation session outside the home,”
Amber explained. “She mentioned that she was uneasy about her house
being a mess, and she didn’t want to leave it that way before we left.
So I went to work, relieving her stress.” Read more
From her youngest days, Barbara Cantwell has wanted the best for seniors and put those feelings into actions. “I
volunteered at age 13 in New York City, where I did a lot of work with
seniors. I loved them, and I loved entering their world,” said the
award-winning CAREGiver, who moved from her native New York to Florida
in 2005. “I have worked as a care coordinator. God knows my heart – He
knows I am trying to help.” Read more
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