CAREGiver of the Month - Gayle

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Gayle Collins can be described as being dedicated, hardworking, compassionate, kind and gentle. Gayle's hobbies include taking walks, cooking, watching sports and action movies. She enjoys listening to Joel Osteen and watching Marvel superheroes.

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"!

Gayle shares her heart by going above and beyond to make her clients happy. She shared a touching story about her current client who she started taking care of in her home, and has now transitioned into a facility. Gayle says, "When I go to the facility to work with the client, we then both go "to work" and sit outside the front entrance of the facility and greet people as they come and go". She said the client absolutely loves doing this, and the facility has even made them badges to wear while doing this. The client's badge labels her as the greeter, and Gayle is labeled her assistant greeter.

Gayle builds trust by being present for her shifts and listening to every concern her clients may have. She then does a great job of communicating to the office about her clients care. When asked what she likes the most about her job, she stated that, "doing the little things for my clients that other takes may take for granted as well as seeing their smiles".

Gayle takes the lead and is always looking for ways to increase her skill level and has taken numerous training classes with us including our two-part specialized Alzheimer's Series, COPD Training, Gait Belt and Safety Transfers, Heart Healthy Cooking and Lifestyles, and Diabetes & Meal Planning.

I recently had the honor of presenting Gayle with the Caregiver of the Month award during her shift and I shared with her client how lucky and appreciative we are to have Gayle with us, and she looked at me with the biggest smile and, "I know, so am I". She was very excited for Gayle and thought that she deserved every minute of it.

The staff at Daytona Beach Home Instead Senior Care is honored to present to you, Gayle Collins our choice as June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month.


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