We reward our local CAREGivers with CAREGiver of the Month and 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.
This is Gracia’s 2nd time being chosen as caregiver of the month! She could not say enough about how much she loves her job and that she was meant to do this all her life, but it took her way too long to figure that out. When she first won Caregiver of the Month, she stated that she loves the feeling of improving the client’s life. Gracia certainly does a great job of that! Gracia has cared exclusively for one client; she cared for him and his wife and then when his wife passed on, she stayed for him. She dances with her client to get his exercise in for the day. Gracia loves her grandchildren and spends time with them and her sons, along with her husband and her cats.
Sandra has been a caregiver with Home Instead since Jan 2019; she was also a caregiver with us in the past. She came to us the first time just looking for a job, but her husband passed away and she stopped working to settle his estate. She realized while she was gone that this was where her joy came from. Sandra knew that she wanted help those who have lost a family member or are with a family member during their final stages of life. This job is Sandra’s passion and has made her stronger as a person. She enjoys making new friends and said that her future is with Home Instead and taking care of others. Thank you, Sandra, for all you do for your clients and Home Instead.
Trace has worked with Home Instead since March 2019. Trace decided to be a caregiver after caring for her MIL, when her husband told her that she has a gift to take care of people. Her favorite part of being a caregiver is seeing the clients response and/or appreciation of her just being there to help them. One of her clients has taught her about birds and she has made part of her yard into a bird haven. She is dedicated to God and her faith and church and is absolutely certain that God has placed her in this position and she loves it and her clients. In her free time she has family and friends night once week where they play games and enjoy each other’s company. She roller skates with her grandkids, she has a dog and a cat, she walks everyday on the trails near her home and her health is very important to her. Thank you Trace for all your dedication to your clients!
Deja has worked for Home Instead since June 2018. She says that she never looks at this as a job, she just loves helping people. She loves how great the office staff is to everyone and loves that as a caregiver she allows people to stay in their homes longer. She will graduate with a Major in Health Science in December and is in the Army Reserves and plans to use her degree to continue to help others. Congratulations to Deja for all her hard work.!
Joyce has been with Home Instead since June 2018 and really enjoys her clients! She became a CareGiver before working with Home Instead and loves to sit down with them and find out who they were/are. She has 3 children and 3 grandkids. She loves to travel and when asked where, she said any where time and money can take her. She loves flea markets, Renfro Valley and classical music which soothes her. Her future will be doing things she enjoys and outwardly helping others.
Carol has worked for Home Instead since September 2015! Carol is devoted to her clients! She became a CareGiver because she was helping care for her sister with disabilities and just knew that care-giving was what she wanted to do. She said one of her favorite things about working for Home Instead is that she gets to build relationships with her clients; she gets very attached to them and truly cares about them. In her free time, when she is not working for her clients she enjoys gardening and she and her husband are motorcycle enthusiasts and ride whenever the weather permits, and they go camping. Carol plans to keep working at Home Instead until she is ready to retire.
Kelly has worked for Home Instead since May 2018! Kelly is devoted to her clients; she has one client that see works with in the morning for a few hours and then goes back in the evening to help them again. She became a caregiver because she is passionate about serving others and loves meeting different people of all ages and she wants to give back. She loves the flexibility this job offers her of being able to work a lot of hours with a break in between her clients. She said one of her favorite things about working for Home Instead is how nice and supportive the office is to her. In her free time, when she is not working 6 days a week for her clients she enjoys hanging out with friends and going to the movies. She also enjoys the spiritual power of crystals, she teaches classes on self-love. Kelly hopes to move to Scotland in the near future and continue to be a Caregiver there.
Inge was born in Germany and moved to the states when she got married. She loves to cook and bake. She often prepares meals for her clients who say she is a great cook, and this makes her very happy! She became a caregiver with Home Instead in 2015 because she loves to be with older people, she says they have a lot to teach us and that they are nicer and more caring than the younger generations. In her free time, she reads, does needlework, embroidery, crocheting and loves to garden. She also does flowers for weddings. Thank you, Inge, for taking great pride in your role as a caregiver with Home Instead!
Jake has worked for Home Instead since 2014! Jake is a great caregiver, who is dedicated to caring for his clients. He loves getting to know his clients and having a one on one relationship with them and loves to help people. He has been with some of his clients for several years. He is also a youth minister and has a 5yr old son, Zane, he also helps care for his grandmother. His hobby is hydroponics, cultivating plants in water, in a symbiotic environment and he is a bourbon connoisseur. He hopes to finish his degree in special education soon.
Thank you, Jake, for taking great pride in your role as a caregiver with Home Instead!
Cheyenne has been with Home Instead since May and really enjoys her clients! Cheyenne chose to work for HISC because she was tired of seeing people disrespect the elderly and wanted a job where she could make a difference in the lives of the elderly. She said we would be no where today if it were not for the elderly. She wants to allow seniors to stay at home longer and make a difference in their lives.
Cheyenne has 3 dogs, 2 cats and a hedgehog, she said her animals are everything to her. She enjoys c rocheting, quilting, puzzles and cooking when she is not working. She says she still feels like a kid!
Thank you, Cheyenne, for being a great caregiver!
Robyn was looking for a flexible evening job that would fit in after she got off her full-time job at 5pm. She had some prior experience of caregiving from her teenage years and had been passing by the old Home Instead building several times when she decided to apply for a part-time position. She has always enjoyed working with people and always feels like she gains more than she gives. She is constantly learning new skills from her clients.
In her spare time Robyn likes to crochet, read and color. Sometimes she is able to share these interests with her clients. If they have no interest in it she has had good luck looking through old photo albums or picture books with her clients to let them reminisce. Robyn is enjoying being a part of our Caregiver Team.
Caregiving has been a new experience for Regul but one that he treasures. Regul once had a coworker that worked extra as a caregiver and it sounded like something he would like. He took the step in May of this year and finds it very fulfilling. He is able to work around his other job and enjoys the attachment he is forming with his two regular clients. Caregiving has become very personal to Regul as he has been there for the clients during very difficult situations they have experienced. He likes to be able to give of himself and to take the time to add a personal touch. It is not all about the tasks, it is important to get to know the client, find out what they like and to share life.
When Regul was a child his father was a ship captain. Each time his father signed a new contract he would insist the family would be allowed to remain with him so Regul grew up in places like Japan and Surinam. In his youth he worked on cruise ships traveling to Singapore, Hong Kong, West Germany, Holland, and Indonesia. He meet his wife on a cruise ship and they lived in Miami when their first child was born. The two kids are both high school graduates now and the family settled down in Kentucky about 4 years ago. The first time Regul visited Kentucky in 1982 he had been invited by a cruise passenger he had built a friendship with. He spent a month I Covington and then came back for additional visits.
Heather has been a Home Instead CAREGiver since 2010. She came to us from the Lexington office in November of 2016. She started on a part time basis while she was in college and needed some money for extracurricular activities. She was not quite pre-pared to fall in love with the client’s and CAREGiving. Heather has helped us out with a few different clients here and there but has been a regular with one of her clients for over a year now. Her favorite part of being a CAREGiver is the happiness she has when she leaves her shift, knowing that she made a difference in someone’s life.
Heather grew up in Northern Kentucky and is a proud resident of Crescent Springs. In her free time she likes to spend time in nature with her dog Zoey. She also spends as much time as possible with her family and friends.
Denise has a background as a Cardiac Intensive nurse before returning to the work force as a Home Instead CAREGiver. She left nursing to be a stay at home mom with her daughters. Two are now in college and the youngest is in middle school. While she was caring for her children her certificate lapsed so she thought CAREGiving would be a way to get back into the medical field while she works on reinstating both her Kentucky and Ohio licenses.
Denise loves to work with her clients. She especially likes to do transportation shifts for them to get a glimpse of who they were in their more active days. Denise has several clients she sees regularly during the week and she likes to spend time with each one. When she has free time she likes to spend it with her family which includes 2 dogs and a cat. Denise is a big Reds fan and likes to go on family camping trips when time allows.
Jordan joined our Home Instead team I December of 2017. She is attending college full time and spends her weekends with her clients. Jordan has some first-hand experience with Alzheimer’s caring for her Great grandma. She noticed the disease is not only hard for the client to deal with but puts a great burden on the entire family as the loved one becomes less of who they were. Jordan appreciates getting to know her Great grandma before it was too late and now as a caregiver that is what she wants to share with her clients and their families. She feels lucky being able to make her clients happy and provide quality and it gives Jordan a sense of purpose.
Her favorite classes so far is an anthropology class and introduction to psychology class. She finds it fascinating to learn why we do what we do. Jordan is still undecided on her major but thinks Sociology or maybe psychology would be something she would like to explore more. When Jordan is not in school or working with her regular clients she likes to create her own Mandalas. She loves art and it gives her a chance to express herself and her feelings. Recently when she lost one of her clients she found great sense of peace taking out her ink pens and working on her Mandala design.
Constance has been caregiving most of her adult life and jointed Home Instead in October of 2017. She has experience from working in nursing homes, private duty and cared for family members as they got older. She enjoys helping people and is constantly learning from the wisdom of her clients. She likes the one-on one work where she gets time to get to know the person. By knowing her dementia clients personalities she is able to tell when something might be wrong even from just small changes.
Constance is also very family orientated and spends her free time with her daughter and grandkids. She is active in her church where she volunteers and also helps out at a homeless shelter. If she has extra time she likes to cook and travel. One of her favorite places to visit is New Orleans. Her extended family lives in Nashville, TN and parts of Georgia.
Dorothy always grew up wanting to be a nurse and started the nursing program. When she got to the clinicals and it was time to learn how to do the IVs she could not continue. She did not like to have to inflict pain. Instead she worked in an ER for 30 years doing patient intakes. Dorothy has been a caring for seniors since October of 2015 and moved from Tennessee to Florence, KY last year to be closer to her son who moved here for work earlier.
Dorothy has a few regular clients that she has built relationships and routines with. Her female clients like to help Dorothy bake cookies and muffins. Her male clients sometimes like to talk about his war experience and watch the old classic western movies.
In addition to her son Dorothy’s family also consists of a one year old grand dog. Dorothy’s hobbies really is to work but when she is off she spends time watching movies and cooking ice Sunday dinners. After just a few months in Kentucky, Dorothy is starting to feel settled in as a northerner now.
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