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 ​Home Instead Caregiver

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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.

CAREGiver of the Month - Shirley

CAREGiver of the Month - Shirley

​On May 27, 2015, Shirley joined Home Instead Senior Care® of the Northern Shenandoah Valley in Winchester and was honored as October CAREGiver of the Month for owner Keith Clay's award-winning franchise. Shirley noted: "When people enter their elderly years, some of them may need help to remain at home, and I am someone who can help them do that. I love to lift their spirits up and put a smile on their faces. I love to make their day better." Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Nataliya

CAREGiver of the Month - Nataliya

Some Home Instead Senior Care clients are curious about Nataliya’s background because many of them are descendants of immigrants and some fought in World War II. “Since I come from Europe, I can relate to the older clients who might have served in the military and were overseas,” Nataliya said. “No matter their backgrounds or mine, compassion is an international language, and everyone understands it and craves it.” Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Cheryl

CAREGiver of the Month - Cheryl

Cheryl’s family members knew she was a natural for senior care when the 12-year-old fireball of compassion helped neighbors in her hometown of Leesburg, a 35-mile drive east of Winchester. Cheryl did whatever they needed: raking leaves, painting the inside or outside of houses, running errands, doing the housekeeping, just whatever was needed. “I hung around older people and helped them, and I did some family caregiving,” Cheryl noted. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Linda

CAREGiver of the Month - Linda

She has had memorable days as a CAREGiver. Linda has assisted a blind client for almost two years. “He said I am an encouraging person because I make him laugh, but he makes me laugh. He’s a good guy, a real sweetheart. His wife kiddingly tells me I ‘baby’ him. If he were my dad, I would baby him. I treat them like family,” Linda said. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Jennie

CAREGiver of the Month - Jennie

Jennie had worked for eight years in Virginia as a substitute teacher, and she was ready to make a change even though she noticed an impact with many students. On July 22, 2015, Jennie joined the Home Instead Senior Care franchise that serves clients in her hometown of Winchester and 25 other surrounding communities. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Phyllis

CAREGiver of the Month - Phyllis

At Home Instead Senior Care, Phyllis’s responsibilities include meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, companionship, and transportation and errands. In addition to those services, Phyllis and other CAREGivers offer personal assistance with eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, incontinence, cognitive impairment and mobility. By expertly doing so, Phyllis not only assists her clients, but helps their families eliminate worry, reduce stress and re-establish personal freedom. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Suzanne

CAREGiver of the Month - Suzanne

After her sister’s passing, one of Suzanne’s friends, a retired nurse, suggested she apply at the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including Winchester and 25 other communities. “My friend never worked for Home Instead Senior Care,” Suzanne explained, “but she had come in contact with some of their CAREGivers because she had private-duty jobs. She saw them in a good light.” Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Amber

CAREGiver of the Month - Amber

Amber moved to Virginia from Pennsylvania in 2012, where she had been working as a CNA in a facility. Amber prefers the one-on-one care Home Instead Senior Care offers. “I don’t work in a facility because not everyone is like me, and I say that as humbly as I can – I really do. I would get upset if my co-workers didn’t put everything into the residents’ care.” Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Patricia

CAREGiver of the Month - Patricia

​Before joining Home Instead Senior Care, Patricia worked as a private-duty caregiver until her hospice client passed away. She learned about Home Instead Senior Care during one of her monthly ladies’ group luncheons. “One of the ladies uses Home Instead Senior Care and talked about it. I also had seen a Home Instead Senior Care newspaper ad, and then went online to send my resume,” Patricia explained. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Kimberly

CAREGiver of the Month - Kimberly

​Kim left a full-time job at a book factory in Martinsburg, West Virginia, moved to Winchester and was searching for work. Her next-door neighbor was Rosetta Shaffer, a recruiter for Home Instead Senior Care, before she retired. “I had taken care of both parents,” Kim explained, “and Rosetta thought I’d be a good fit at Home Instead Senior Care.” Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Mary

CAREGiver of the Month - Mary

​Every night during her shift, Mary-Claire would help the client bathe and dress, making small talk during that time at the client’s care facility. Suddenly one day, the client reached for Mary-Claire without saying a word and gave her a big hug. “It was one of those defining moments. I thought: ‘This is the real reason I am here doing this work.’ It brought tears to my eyes. It still does whenever I think of the moment,” said Mary-Claire, who assists seniors on behalf of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including Winchester and 25 other communities. Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Carolyn

CAREGiver of the Month - Carolyn

​Carolyn’s devotion to her clients stretches beyond her hours with them. “I have a loyalty to my clients and want to stay with them. I don’t want them to have to start over with a new CAREGiver if I can help it. I always give two weeks’ notice before a vacation so the clients can prepare themselves emotionally for a replacement. I never want to surprise them. I offer to train my substitute,” Carolyn explained. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Sandy

CAREGiver of the Month - Sandy

​Sandy Jorgensen took 5½ months to settle into her home after retiring from her longtime job as an operating-room nurse in New York City. Then, Sandy said, she felt bored with the gardening, housekeeping and just about everything else. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Elaine

CAREGiver of the Month - Elaine

​Elaine Bailey tried to retire “12 or 13 years ago” but failed, and a series of part-time jobs and volunteer efforts followed. Elaine’s latest work endeavor began Jan. 29, 2013, when she joined the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including Winchester and 25 other communities. Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Laura

CAREGiver of the Month - Laura

​CAREGiver of the Month Laura Thomas, who donated a kidney to her husband two years ago, also shares her heart with seniors while working for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including Winchester and 25 other communities. Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Melissa

CAREGiver of the Month - Melissa

​Making time for relationships was modeled for Melissa by one client who has a huge family. “This family carries on the tradition of having dinner together every other Sunday. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Beverly

CAREGiver of the Month - Beverly

After a call to the client’s family and another one to staff members at Home Instead Senior Care® of Winchester, it was a done deal. Beverly and her client both live in Woodstock, so the trip to the Woodstock Community Theater was a short one. A friend sat with the husband. The second half of Beverly’s regularly scheduled split shift usually ends at 8 p.m., but she received permission to extend it that night because the movie started at 7 p.m. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Mike

CAREGiver of the Month - Mike

CAREGiver of the Month Michael Henry Pryor Jr. always had a song in his heart and the lyrics on his lips. That’s one of the many ways in which franchise owner Aaron Blight and everyone else at Home Instead Senior Care® of Winchester will remember Mike. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Peggy

CAREGiver of the Month - Peggy

CAREGiver of the Month Peggy Nelson was assisting her client for the first time since Dec. 7. It seemed like a long absence, but Peggy praised God for a fast healing process that allowed her to return to her client more than 2½ weeks ahead of schedule after a successful major surgery. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Wanda

CAREGiver of the Month - Wanda

CAREGiver of the Month Wanda Carper will never forget The Great Adventure, a 555-mile, six-day trip with a 97-year-old client and another CAREGiver that took place not long after Wanda joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Winchester in June 2012. ​Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Sharon

CAREGiver of the Month - Sharon

“I have gotten very attached to my client. Her personality is a lot like my mother’s, and she looks somewhat like Mom. There is a resemblance,” said Sharon, who has helped the client for two years on behalf of owner Aaron Blight’s Home Instead Senior Care franchise that serves the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including 25 other communities in addition to Winchester. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Anne

CAREGiver of the Month - Anne Anne also served as a family caregiver for her mother, father, grandmother and an aunt. Her mother suffered with cancer for five years before dying in 1982, and her dad was on dialysis and was suffering from leukemia before he died in 1998. “My brother and I took turns caring for our dad,” Anne said. Read more...

CAREGiver of the Month - Steve

CAREGiver of the Month - Steve

CAREGiver of the Month Steve Ranson is a busy guy. He assists seniors on behalf of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including Winchester, Virginia and 25 other communities. ​Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Glenda

CAREGiver of the Month - Glenda

On the verge of death in February 2013, Glenda Gale miraculously recovered and discovered her purpose in life – serving God by assisting seniors as a CAREGiver for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including Winchester, Virginia, and 25 other communities. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Janet

CAREGiver of the Month - Janet

“I’ve retired three times,” Janet said with a laugh, “and I am not going to retire again. I have worked my whole life. As long as I am healthy, I should be doing something and not sitting around at home because I can do that only so long. I do enjoy jumping on our John Deere riding mower, cutting the grass and taking in the beautiful backdrop around our home.” Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Ana

CAREGiver of the Month - Ana

​Ana is also a highly regarded member of the Home Instead Senior Care family at the franchise owned by Aaron Blight. She was selected as CAREGiver of the Month for September, almost seven months after joining Home Instead. Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Kathleen

CAREGiver of the Month - Kathleen

​“I am grateful for Home Instead, which is a company that makes life better for seniors and their families. I feel good about what I do, and it makes me feel good to know I am needed. I don’t have anybody I don’t absolutely love. I cannot imagine not doing this. This is what I want to do.” Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Willa

CAREGiver of the Month - Willa

​Family is a priority for Willa, who assists her 87-year-old mother and a disabled brother. “Mom helps my brother,” Willa said, “and I help Mom with him. I retired from a bank after working for 38 years. I was seeking a part-time job. Home Instead worked with me so I can help them in the mornings and again in the evenings.  Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Libby

CAREGiver of the Month - Libby Libby prayed about it and joined owner Aaron Blight’s franchise in Winchester on Nov. 10, 2011. “My faith is very important to me. I believe working for Home Instead is a calling,” said Libby, who had spent 10 years as a special education teacher before taking a break. Read more...

CAREGiver of the Month - Vickie

CAREGiver of the Month - Vickie

​Members of her client's family told CAREGiver Vickie: "We don't know what we would do without you." Vickie feels the same way about her client and her family, saying: "I am like a daughter to my client, and I could not give her up for anything in the world." Read more...​


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