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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. 

We reward our local CAREGivers with ​CAREGiver of the Year awards to show our appreciation for all they do. Home Instead, Inc. also 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.

Each month we honor a CAREGiver of the Month.  We make this selection based on reliability both long term and on short notice, general work ethics and attitude and of course the wonderful comments from our clients.  The CAREGiver of the Month is honored with a certificate of accomplishment, a trophy at our Christmas party and a featured segment in our monthly Newsletter.  We are so appreciative of all our CAREGivers and the CAREGiver of the month exemplifies the best of the best!!  And at the years' end we honor one CAREGiver with the CAREGiver of the Year Award. The CAREGiver of the Year exemplifies excellence consistently all year long in the same capacity of our CAREGivers of the Month do. ​

Meet the Great Lakes Regional CAREGiver of the Year

Great Lakes Region CAREGiverSM of the Year Linda Fleming is a true blessing to her clients. She is transforming lives through her work and is an example to all of us of love, compassion and preserving the dignity and independence of the clients she serves.

Linda has three key reasons she loves working as a Home Instead CAREGiver—her clients. Mrs. P, Mrs. F and Mr. R have been with her for the two years she has worked with Kurt and Karla Kay in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Clients are precious to Linda. "You think you are going to be a blessing to them, but they are the blessing," Linda said. "We have close relationships. They can confide in me. They are not family, but they are like family."

And Linda treats them that way, like family. She graciously works with clients' children, doctors and other CAREGivers to offer the best possible care for her clients. "We all work together. We are a team helping that person, all take part," Linda said. This attitude of teamwork, along with her unwavering dedication to her clients, earned her the title of Great Lakes Region CAREGiver of the Year.

Linda would say that she hasn't earned anything though. "Being a CAREGiver is the highest job imaginable," she said. She feels her position as CAREGiver is a calling, not requiring an honor or recognition.

After retiring early from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Linda began working at an assisted living facility. There, she met Home Instead CAREGivers and wanted to work one-on-one with clients to truly transform lives. She also enjoys being a part of a family-run company and adopts her clients into that family with each and every shift she works.

This really is close to Linda's heart because her own grandmother was in a facility. She saw the effects this had on her grandmother and believes she did not receive the care she deserved because the facility was understaffed. "She was in a good facility," Linda said, "but it did not compare to living at home. She fell trying to get out of her wheelchair there, and she wasn't the same after that. I realized I was going to be in her situation someday, and I vowed to make it better."

The Kays see Linda's heart and dedication to her clients in more ways than they are able to express. "Linda permeates so deeply into a person's life, into their heart. She foresees what they need, diligently does it with grace and dignity and never asks for recognition," said Kurt and Karla Kay.    ​
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