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We are thrilled to announce our
2017 Daytona Beach CAREGivers of the Year​!

Sarah & Joanne

Sarah Harrison started with Home Instead in 2014, and since then, Sarah has taken the lead in always looking for ways to increase her skill and knowledge level. She has taken numerous training classes including Meal Planning and Diabetes, Safety & Gait Belt Training, Personal Care Skills Training, In-Service: Care for the Dying, Hospice Training, Strokes, Infection Control, Parkinson's disease, Cooking/Caring/Cleaning and she annually attends the HHA Refresher training. Sarah has also completed our two part Specialized Alzheimer's Series and regularly attends all meetings and functions. Read More...


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...


May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Dazzma

May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Dazzma

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!


April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Liz

April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Liz

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...


March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Denise

March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Denise

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...


February 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Megan

February 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Megan

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...


January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Kathy

January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Kathy

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...


December 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Willorie

December 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Willorie

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...


November 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Rhonda

November 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Rhonda

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...


October 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Jeanne

October 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Jeanne

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...


September 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Christine

September 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Christine

​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...


August 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Theresa

August 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Theresa

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...


July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Joanne

July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Joanne

​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...


June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Gayle

June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Gayle

Gayle came 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...


May 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Dylan

May 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Dylan

​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...


April 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Junie

April 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Junie

​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...


March 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Sarah

March 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Sarah

​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...


January 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Sarah

January 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Sarah

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Mary

CAREGiver of the Month - Mary

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Teresa

CAREGiver of the Month - Teresa

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Stella

CAREGiver of the Month - Stella

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Cheri

CAREGiver of the Month - Cheri

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Venessia

CAREGiver of the Month - Venessia

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Maria M.

CAREGiver of the Month - Maria M.

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Mary Ellen

CAREGiver of the Month - Mary Ellen

​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...​


Yolanda P - March 2015 CAREGiver of the Month

Yolanda P - March 2015 CAREGiver of the Month

It must have been fate that the Home Instead Senior Care sign caught Yolanda’s eye while on a casual drive through the Daytona Beach area. That spark of interest brought Yolanda to a new career as a CAREGiver. And now we are thrilled to honor her as our CAREGiver of the Month for her nurturing spirit, desire to learn, and for the joy she brings to her clients every day.

Born and raised in Florida, Yolanda is now a busy mother raising four wonderful children between the ages of 12 and 18. Her optimistic mindset and big heart can easily be seen in her daily work at Home Instead. Yolanda came to us with no formal training, but our team discerned in her the heart and spirit that makes a great CAREGiver. 

Yolanda started with us in January 2014 and after a year with Home Instead, states there is nothing she doesn’t like about her job. Her clients find many special qualities about her – one client stated “Yolanda has her stuff together, she can do about anything!” Another family member loves how proactive and encouraging Yolanda is in caring for her loved one and their home. Yolanda is looking forward to expanding her positivity and care for Home Instead by meeting and working with other clients. It’s her passion to help others and ensure that they are well cared for.

Yolanda looks for ways to enhance each of her clients’ lives. One client loves to talk and eat with her. Yolanda understands that mealtimes are a social time for this client and is happy to take the time to share a meal – even though it may mean a few extra pounds for her! Another client is an avid card player. He’s been teaching Yolanda some new games so they can play together and enjoy a little friendly competition. He even purchased a new card shuffler so they no longer had to shuffle cards and can get more games in!

Overall, it’s very apparent that Yolanda is truly a great addition to the Home Instead team. She embodies the kindheartedness that Home Instead Senior Care brings into seniors homes all around the area. Looking to better her clients’ lives, she continuously strives to better her skills and always does what it best for the client. Yolanda is also a team player, her co-workers appreciate her eagerness to lend a helping hand wherever needed.

Our sincere appreciation to you, Yolanda! Congratulations on being our 2015 March CAREGiver of the Month!​

Cathy S - January 2015 CAREGiver of the Month

Cathy S - January 2015 CAREGiver of the Month

A Mother's Inspiration....

In search of a good company to work for, Cathy Stevens knew she wanted to stay with one for a very long time. She did her homework, and in reading the outstanding reviews Home Instead was given, Cathy knew this is where she belonged.
 
Born and raised in Florida, Cathy is an outdoors girl. She enjoys camping and hiking. Although, it was her mother that set her heart in this profession. Cathy's mom was diagnosed with a rare form of heart disease which demanded around-the-clock care. After her mother’s diagnosis, Cathy moved back home to provide the needed care for her mother. The next couple of years were extremely tough. After three strokes and four open heart surgeries, her mother passed away at the young age of 41. Cathy, just 19, came to realize after caring for her mother this profession was what she wanted to do.

Home Instead is fortunate to have Cathy Stevens as part of their Daytona Beach / Volusia County team since 2013. The quality of care and pure commitment Cathy provides to the clients everyday is an inspiration. Cathy states the best thing about Home Instead is the clients. She says, “They’re like family. You can’t help but get attached. The feeling you get, the smiles of satisfaction knowing you made a difference in their day.” 

Cathy recalled one of the clients she works with and expressed that she is a sweetheart. Cathy explained that the client recognizes all the caregivers that provide care for her by commenting, "You’re my favorite" to each. Cathy believes if it wasn’t for Home Instead this client wouldn't be where she is today. Another of Cathy’s clients loves to talk about politics. “Who could have known?” she said. Her client continues to provide her with up to date information on politics. “Loads of fun!” Cathy expressed.

Overall, Cathy is enthusiastic about her work with Home Instead. She forges a warm and unique relationship with each of her clients. It is evident that she loves her clients as much as they love her. Cathy’s background, compassionate work, and optimistic attitude justifies her as caregiver of the month.


Sharon R. - November 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Sharon R. - November 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

​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...


Melissa H. - October 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Melissa H. - October 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

​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.”

 
You could almost hear the rim shot on the drum, the bass guitar riff and the laughs. Melissa didn’t stop there. “Some of the​ jokes,” she said, “are so corny that the client can’t help but laugh. Laughter is the best medicine.” Read More

Ingrid H. - September 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Ingrid H. - September 2014 CAREGiver of the Month
​Award-winner Ingrid Holloman is one of Home Instead Senior’s “go-to” CAREGivers.
 
When a challenging client needs a CAREGiver, Ingrid opens her arms. “Ingrid always accepts shifts with the most difficult clients,” said Dina Mertens, retention coordinator for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Daytona Beach and Volusia County. “Ingrid keeps in regular contact with our client care coordinator, Pam Maron. As the office staff has put it, Ingrid goes out of her way for clients. She is thoughtful and caring.” Read more​

Sandi F. - August 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Sandi F. - August 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Sandi Factor is a Triple Crown winner as CAREGiver of the Month for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Daytona Beach and Volusia County. December 2012, December 2013 and now August 2014.
 
There’s got to be a reason for all these awards. Compassion, patience, empathy, forbearance, flexibility, strength, dependability, honesty, skill, intelligence, intuitiveness, discernment, faith, optimism … You could go on forever with caregiving adjectives that describe Sandi’s spirit and what she has brought to the table in generous portions as a CAREGiver since September 2010. Read more​

Shirley G. - July 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Shirley G. - July 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

​Shirley Green will be the first person to emphatically say she’s no miracle worker.

If that is so, why has she been selected twice as CAREGiver of the Month for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Daytona Beach and Volusia County? Why did her 94-year-old client recently tell Shirley: “My condition has improved, and I am regaining some of my independence because of you.” Why did a doctor write a note to franchise owner Susan Miller and praise Shirley and a fellow CAREGiver for their compassionate efforts with his late wife? Read more​

Anna C. - June 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Anna C. - June 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

​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​


Kathy V. - May 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Kathy V. - May 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

​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 B. - April 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Judy B. - April 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

​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​


Rose D. - March 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Rose D. - March 2014 CAREGiver of the Month
​Who knew that memorizing a recipe for grilled salmon with peach mango salsa could mean so much to a senior? Rose Drayer Tolan did. She’s an award-winning CAREGiver with razor-sharp listening skills, a ton of intuition and buckets of compassion.

She watched intently as a client’s boyfriend took her through the steps of making the dish. The 84-year-old woman, who has dementia and sometimes won’t eat, can’t resist salmon prepared that way. Read more​​​

Amber B. - February 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Amber B. - February 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

​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​​


Barbara C. - January 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

Barbara C. - January 2014 CAREGiver of the Month

​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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