CAREGiver of the Month Josephine Strother had no problem stretching her heartfelt companionship from her client to … the client's pet bird. Sometimes there was chatter between CAREGiver and bird, but mostly there were smiles and a few laughs. An unusual caregiving situation? Yes. But "unusual" was a good break in the tempo and routine of Josephine's job. Read More...
In May 2020, Crystal joined the Home Instead Senior Care franchise that serves the Northern Shenandoah Valley. In August, the award-winning Home Instead franchise honored Crystal as CAREGiver of the Month. "I am so excited beyond words that I was considered for such an awesome honor as CAREGiver of the Month. I have been a CAREGiver for only three short months," Crystal said. Read More...
When Zenaida Bautista looked online for a job, she thought she could draw on a previous experience to work for Home Instead Senior Care. "I took part in a nurses' education program in high school. As part of the program, I helped work with patients. I have compassion and passion for helping others. As far as Home Instead clients are concerned, I am their eyes, hands and feet. I am there to support them in any way I can," explained Zenaida, who was honored as her franchise's CAREGiver of the Month for July. Read More...
Peggy, who was born and raised in Texas, moved to Virginia five years ago. When she joined Home Instead Senior Care in August 2018, Peggy worked part time, mostly nights and weekends. "I had worked for Warren Public Schools during the day, but I decided not to go back to the schools and worked full time for Home Instead," Peggy explained. Read More....
Holley loves being a part of the CAREGiver team for the Winchester franchise, a member of an extraordinarily successful network founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Paul and Lori Hogan. The Home Instead Senior Care network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,200 independently owned and operated franchises that provide more than 70 million hours of care annually throughout the U.S. and 11 other countries. Read More...
Those who know Marty Gilpatrick aren’t surprised he found Home Instead Senior Care® of Winchester in December 2018. Eighteen months after joining the award-winning franchise, Marty was honored as the franchise’s April CAREGiver of the Month.
Marty said: “It is amazing to reflect on my life and how God has directed my path in working with people. It brings joy to me to be part of the ministry of Home Instead and hopefully point people to God if they initiate discussion of the subject of faith.” Read More...
Nearly 16 months ago,
Judy was driving in Winchester when she saw the office sign for the
award-winning Home Instead Senior Care
franchise that serves Northern Shenandoah Valley and is guided by President and CEO Anthony Crosen. Judy had accumulated plenty of family caregiving experience well before she joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Winchester in November 2018. In fact, the January CAREGiver of the Month is still taking care of her stepfather, who lives with Judy and her husband. Read more...
Christmas can be a special time for Home Instead Senior Care® clients and their CAREGivers, who strive to make the holidays extraordinarily festive. CAREGivers from the Home Instead Senior Care offices in Winchester, Virginia, and Martinsburg, West Virginia, have created lasting memories for their clients, but they are not alone in spreading the cheer. Read More...
Sonia joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Winchester on Dec. 18, 2018, and she was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for December 2019. She was looking at a social-media site and saw an advertisement for the Home Instead franchise that serves Northern Shenandoah Valley and is guided by President and CEO Anthony Crosen. Read More...
The preschool teaching job is part time, and Julie
began searching for an additional job that included flexible scheduling. She
saw a newspaper
ad for Home Instead Senior Care® of Winchester. In May 2015, Julie
joined the award-winning franchise that
serves Northern Shenandoah Valley, an office that’s guided by Home Instead President and CEO Anthony
Crosen. Read More...
Robert McKinney, who retired
in January 2017, applied at the Home
Instead Senior Care franchise that serves Northern Shenandoah Valley after his
wife saw a bulletin-board post for the award-winning locally owned
company guided by Home Instead
President and CEO Anthony Crosen. Read More...
Susan Goody, who has a degree
in healthcare administration as well as medical billing and coding certification,
first joined Home Instead Senior Care in May 2013 following an online job
search. But she needed an immediate four-month leave of absence to take care of
her mother in Kansas. That wasn’t her only family caregiving experience. Read More...
of the Month Amparo “Carmen” Alvarado will never forget her “two
angels,” who were clients of Home Instead Senior Care® of
Winchester. The humorous, poignant and uplifting memories, Carmen said, will last
a lifetime. Read More...
Charlotte and Home Instead Senior Care made such an impression that Corinne DiSchiavi
ended up working for two Home Instead franchises. Corinne was honored as a
CAREGiver of the Month once during her five years with Home Instead of
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. After leaving Pennsylvania, Corinne spent six
months as a Christian missionary in Romania. When she moved back to her native
Winchester, Corinne joined the award-winning Home Instead franchise three years
ago and was selected as CAREGiver of the Month in July 2019. Read More...
Ironically, Allison was watching the Hallmark Channel when she saw a commercial for Home Instead Senior Care and decided to check out the company. "When I saw the Home Instead website, I thought I could help the elderly in our community," Allison recalled. Read more...
won a Hand and Heart Award since joining the award-winning franchise that serves the Northern Shenandoah
Valley. It was no surprise when Goldie was honored as the May CAREGiver
of the Month. “To be honest,” she said, “I don’t go looking for honors. I just
want to do my best job helping others.” Read More...
To Penny, the job is personal. She emphasized, “Mom is in my heart and the reason why I do this.” Penny added: “Working as a CAREGiver can be a very demanding job, and we all have those days. Read more...
joined Home Instead Senior Care in August 2016 after “a friend of a friend”
told her about the award-winning franchise
that serves Northern Shenandoah Valley. “I worked at a factory and
wanted a change, a different challenge. I had been doing both jobs part time
until last year around Christmas. Sometimes it can be challenging to be a
CAREGiver and family caregiver. In our house, there’s my husband, a grandmother
and an uncle,” she noted. Read More...
Donnie fits his Home Instead Senior Care job around a
school position in which he serves as a special-needs aide on a bus, working
from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each school day. Five
friends who have held school-bus positions also worked for Home Instead Senior
Care, drawing Donnie’s interest in applying. While his father has
passed away, and his mother is in good health, Donnie has helped elderly relatives and friends’ family members. But he had
never worked previously in professional senior care. Read more...
After Gloria’s 2013 retirement ended a 43-year career as a hospital
registered nurse, Gloria joined Home Instead Senior Care in April
2015. “I was so bored sitting at home quite a bit of the time. I wanted
to go back to work, but I didn’t want to go back to a hospital setting. I loved
working with the elderly in my hospital because I like to talk to people. If
someone was dying, I wanted to sit and hold their hand, but there was not a lot
of time in the hospital to do that,” said Gloria, who spent 20 years as an ICU
nurse. Read More...
Three years after her
husband’s death, Sharon joined Home Instead Senior Care® of
Winchester and worked for a short time as a CAREGiver, but she quit to focus on
her two children. “I found I needed to be home with them for a while longer,”
she recalled. “The Lord blessed us when I later went back to Home Instead
Senior Care and asked them if I could return. They said, ‘Yes, of course. We
were waiting for you.’ So, in February 2018, I rejoined Home Instead.” Read More...
Nov. 25, 2015, Angelica joined Home Instead Senior Care. “I enjoy my job. I
like my clients and have kept the same clients. I feel I’ve been fortunate
because my clients have been good ones,” Angelica explained. “When I’m taking
care of them, my mom is in the back of my mind.” Read More...
“I try to keep the atmosphere light, and that is no small
thing sometimes with the challenges that seniors face. I want to get the
clients’ minds on something else if the situation calls for it. With my funny gestures, I enjoy helping people feel
better,” said Vickie, the October 2018 CAREGiver of the Month for the
Home Instead Senior Care® franchise of Winchester that serves Virginia’s Northern Shenandoah
Valley. Read more...
On July 8, 2015, Janet joined the Home Instead
Senior Care franchise that serves Northern Shenandoah Valley first as a
CAREGiver and later as a staff member. Special Projects
Coordinator Beth Kerns worked with Janet as an evening scheduler for at least a
year, and Beth pointed out Janet had a passion for making sure each client
received the best care. Read more...
is an experienced senior-care professional, having begun the work in 2005 as a
private-duty caregiver in her native Pennsylvania. Even with 13 years of
experience, Sharon eagerly embraces the opportunity to learn as much as she can
about serving her clients. “I took the Alzheimer’s class offered at Home
Instead Senior Care. For me, it is the most important class, and it’s the
longest one,” Sharon said. “There’s so much to absorb, and methods of helping
people can change.” Read more...
of the Month Margaret Cummings doesn’t see herself as a hero, but there’s no
doubt she saved a client’s life. A 66-year-old diabetic amputee had fallen out
of his wheelchair, struck his head and was unconscious and bleeding before
Margaret arrived for her 11:30 a.m. shift. When there was no answer after she
knocked and called his name, Margaret went in. Entering the kitchen, she
noticed the blood-covered floor and saw the client sprawled out. Read more...
Freda had served in the mission field in Georgia for four
years before moving back to the Winchester area and joining Home Instead Senior
Care. Freda, who immerses herself in prayer to discern God’s leading, believes
spiritual signs pointed her toward Home Instead Senior Care before she returned
to Virginia. Those signs were confirmed when she was buying fruit at a store
and ran into a former colleague from a health-care community. Read more...
September 2014, Bonnie joined Home Instead Senior Care® of
Winchester, a franchise that serves the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including
25 other communities. Before coming to Home Instead, Bonnie worked for another
agency and later had the same private-duty client for 11 years. When the client
passed away, Bonnie had no one else to assist. Read more...
a CAREGiver has prompted Isabela to make sure her family keeps its close ties.
“My mother, who is still working, lives with me,” Isabela said. “I see how much
my clients miss their families, and I tell my daughters, ‘Come and see your
grandmother as often as you can; take her out to eat and ask her what she
needs. The time might come when she can do nothing as far as interacting with
you.’ They do see her practically every weekend, which is good.” Read more...
For 22 years, Susan
successfully ran an Alzheimer’s daycare center in New Jersey as the program
director. “Every one of our daycare participants was in a different stage of
dementia,” Susan explained. “Dementia is very personal and affects people so
differently. We had some challenging participants and some loving ones. A few
of them wanted to leave the center early, but I could refocus them, and they
would stay. I always did it through encouragement. That is how you reach
anyone.” Read more...
after graduating from high school, Melody earned her CNA, worked at a facility
during the day and did private-duty caregiving at night for an elderly woman.
“I’ve been doing this kind of work for a long time,” noted Melody, who moved to
Virginia in 2000, earned her state certification and worked in assisted living
and skilled nursing facilities. Read more...
joined owner Keith Clay’s Home Instead Senior Care franchise in August 2017. He
was aware of at least four friends who had worked for Home Instead, most of
whom are people Harold has known most of his life. Many of them go to the same
church. “After I retired from my job, I needed something extra to do. One of my
friends mentioned Home Instead and its work flexibility,” Harold said. Read more...
friend told James about Home Instead Senior Care, having worked for the
franchise for six years. “My friend takes care of my dad, who is in a facility,
on behalf of Home Instead. I wanted one-on-one care for a job because the
seniors get more attention,” said James, who pointed out other advantages. Read more...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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 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 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 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...
“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 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...
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...
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...
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...
“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...
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...
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...