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.
Sherry has been a Home Instead CAREGiver since March of this year. Early on she had a few different clients she would see regularly but after a month or so one of the clients become her only client and she spends time there daily.
She is so in awe of the experience with this client. It is so rewarding to see the smile on his face and to know how far he has come in the 6 months since she first met him. Back in March this client spent much time in bed and had difficulty communicating. Now they are having real conversations.
It all started when Sherry became her Mom’s CAREGiver. When Sherry’s daughters got older Sherry was starting to look for part-time work and CAREGiving came to mind. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her girls, two cats and friends.
Virginia was introduced to CAREGiving almost 15 years ago by her sister. She started working for her sister’s small home health company, and can't imagine herself doing anything else. Virginia has been a part of our Home Instead family since August of 2015.
“My favorite thing about being a caregiver is the difference I can make for the client and their family. To bring genuine love and understanding, a happy moment, or even a funny joke... Anything to make them feel uniquely special. It's great that we have a dedicated team at Home Instead, and I'm thankful for all the hard work we put into our clients. I've never done this for the money, I do it because I care. I love it”.
“As a mother of two young girls ages 9 and 11, I can only hope that my love of helping seniors rubs off on them. Being a CAREGiver is an important job, it's looked over a lot... But as long as we can teach younger people what a privilege this job is, then I think we're doing the best we can”.
Andrea is originally from Germany and moved here March of 2016 with her husband of several years. She was a nurse back home and would occationally provide transitional care when the patients she worked with at the hospital were released home. She also cared for some of her own family members.
Andrea met her husband while he was stationed in Germany. He grew up in Northern Kentucky so when his time in the service ended they moved here. They have one daughter. Andrea’s interest in caregiving came from her passion for nursing and helping others. Her favorite part of her job with Home Instead is interacting with the clients. She loves to hear their great stories, BUT also to be able to keep them safe at home and not sending them to nursing homes.
Peggy joined our team of CAREGiver’s after a long career in retail management. She had spent 8years caring for a few family members and felt it would be a rewarding second career. Caring for others in their home environment makes Peggy feel good about what she does. Building the relationship with the clients and their family during the course of time and to see how they improve through PT and Peggy’s help to keep up with the exercise program to build up strength has been a great journey for Peggy and her client.
In her spare time Peggy likes to decorate her home and read. She also tries to spoil her husband and their two Schnauzers as much as possible.
Prior to staying at home with her four boys Shellia had enjoyed working in the medical field. After 11 years as a stay-at-home mom she found Home Instead when it was time to re-enter the work force. Shellia was looking to pursue a career where she could work either with seniors or children. Growing up she would help first her Great-grandma and later her Grandma with tasks. She liked to do anything for them that put a smile on their faces even if it just was a game of cards. We have been lucky to have her as part of our Home Instead team since January of 2017. Shellia feels satisfied when she can help her client’s in areas they struggle with. Anything from cleaning help, to listening to her client’s stories from their past will make her feel good about what she does.
Her boys are now 22, 19, 18 and 11 and still need some guidance into adulthood. Most of her off time is spent with her boys and her husband. The family also has three dogs and one cat. If Shellia finds extra time on her own she enjoys a fun craft project.
Heather S. has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead since December of 2016 but her caregiving days started long before then. She became interested in CAREGiving when she started to care for her grandma who had Alzheimer’s. At 17 she completed her CNA courses. She then worked in nursing homes before taking the step to home help. Heather prefers the one-on-one that she can give to her clients in a home setting. Her favorite parts are being able to be there for her clients and to provide companionship.
Outside of work Heather likes to watch movies and solve crossword puzzles. She has 3 boys. Two are grown and the youngest is 13. She also enjoys spending time with her 2 year old grandson.
Gracia has a background in doing administration work but felt something was missing from her career path. She had been caring for her mom at home and started to feel that it was something that she would find more rewarding. When she was trying to find some respite care for her own mom she realized that it takes a special person to care as much for your parent as you do.
Gracia started working for us in October of 2016 and loves going to work and the good feeling she has when she leaves a shift and has improved the client’s life. Gracia will often play the clients favorite music for them on her Pandora app and through this she has started enjoying listening to the music of the 1940s herself. One of the special things both she and her regular clients look forward to are the “Monday night special dinners” where they sit in their dining room with nice table settings.
In the little spare time Gracia has between caring for her clients and her mom Gracia finds great joy in her family. She has three grown boys, two grandchildren and two cats.
Nnenna's CAREGiving career started before she came to the US. Her grandmother was on hospice care and needed help with bathing and incontinence care so Nnenna took care of her. After Grandma passed away Nnenna did private care while still in Africa. When Nnenna's husband was offered a fellowship in the US she was invited to come here with him. Nnenna has been a CAREGiver for us for 6 years and feels more comfortable working in a home setting. Nnenna loves to build trust with her clients, see their smiles and to bring them joy.
In her spare time Nnenna spends her time with her husband and four children. A favorite hobby is to cook. Once she cooks a recipe at a client's home she will go home and cook it for her family as well. The most well liked one is a frozen peanut butter pie. Nnenna's mom is living here and needs some help due to some recent health issues. For date nights going to the African Culture Dance Studio in Cincinnati is high on the list.
Natasha feels passionate about being a CAREGiver and has been with us since March of 2016. In her twenties Natasha found herself a young mother of a daughter with Downs syndrome. Seeing how her daughter has had to fight for every milestone has made Natasha a better person and given her a better outlook on life. It required hands on assistance and PT to teach her daughter crawl and eventually walk. Natasha's daughter who is now in her early teens is her hero.
Natasha had some prior experience from working in the Alzheimer's unit and as a dietary assistance at nursing homes. Her favorite part of the home health CAREGiving is to get to know her clients and to be able to interact with them in their home environment. Several of her clients has been a part of historical events and have shared her their stories during the shifts. Some other activities the clients enjoy are Bingo and walks if the weather allows
Shauna started her career as a CAREGiver in April of this year. Growing up Shauna's dream job was to be a hairdresser. Her friends and family mentioned to her that she would make an excellent CAREGiver and after several years in retail Shauna decided to try it out. She has now realized that they were right and she loves her job and to care for others. The absolute favorite part of CAREGiving is to get to know the client and to hear their stories. One of Shauna's client is a WW II vet and tells her stories of being on the Queen Mary.
In her spare time Shauna enjoys cooking with her kids that are 6, 5 and 2. They are busy baking cookies, cakes and cupcakes to fill up the freezer for the holidays. The big goal is to try making fudge for the first time. In May 2017 Shauna will finish her Pharmacy Tech degree.
After several years working in restaurants Debbie got a chance to realize her dream to work with seniors when she became a CAREGiver for Home Instead. Debbie loves to help people and is excited about her work. Her favorite part is the people she get to meet and care for.
Debbie likes to listen to all kinds of music in her spare time. Another past time is to watch movies as long as they are not horror movies. Debbie has 5 children and grandchild number 8 is expected to arrive in February of 2017.
Carol has been with us for close to a year and in that time all her clients have adored her. It all started when Carol cared for a family member with special needs and realized how much she felt enriched by the experience. She had held different jobs prior but with CAREGiving she felt she had found her calling. The most rewarding part of the job is when clients appreciate you spending time with them. When you love your job, the clients can tell, and it is obvious to our clients that Carol loves her job.
Carol has two grown sons, and 3 grandchildren she likes to spend time with. It is a yearly tradition for Carol and her husband to go on a motorcycle camping trip down to Blue Ridge.
Carol is very thankful for the opportunity to work with her clients and feels appreciated by them and the office staff. Congratulations Carol!
CAREGiving is personal to Jocie because it reminds her of helping her Grandma out. Her grandma passed away while Jocie lived in England and helping others gives her a sense of giving forward. Building the friendship and bond with her clients are her favorite part of being a CAREGiver. One of her clients is currently teaching her to quilt which was something her Grandma was unable to do once she lost her eyesight.
Kori is a born and raised Kentucky girl with roots in Bellevue. During her active career her family spent 15 years in Portland, Oregon. Once an opportunity to return to Kentucky appeared the moving truck went back home. Kori worked as a technical illustrator in a civil engineering firm during her career. For her retirement career she wanted to focus more on people connections. She started volunteering for Senior Services and their meal program. The volunteering led to her catching the CAREGiving bug. She likes to work with seniors because there is so much to learn from them. Although, she would not consider herself a great chef she enjoys preparing meals for others and to provide companionship. Kori is devoted to her fury family as well. She has a cat and a dog. Animals have been a part of her life since she grew up on a small farm with cattle. As a cancer survivor Kori has learned to appreciate good health and make sure she takes care of herself as well as others. Congratulations Kori!
CAREGiving is personal to Ron as his mother had dementia and he always appreciated the people who took care of her. He knew that they were concerned about her, as well as his family members. Ron became a CAREGiver with Home Instead last fall. Helping others and to know that his clients really appreciate what he is doing is what brings him the most joy.
Ron was an engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers prior to retirement and felt a bit restless after a few months of retirement. His wife is still actively working as well so CAREGiving gave him something purposeful to do with his time. Ron and his wife have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. He is hoping that the secret won't get out but the grandchildren rule the roost. He has found that his friends are very supportive of his new career and that he is doing what he likes.
After a long career as the Administrative Assistant for the CEO of former Rockwell International Jackie was able to pursue her other interests upon retirement. Jackie had a second career with Old Time Pottery creating arrangements in the floral department until the store closed 9 years later. Jackie is very involved with her church and also started to be a hospital visitor for sick congregation members. Giving back to the community and brightening someone's day eventually lead Jackie to contact Home Instead. CAREGiving is personal to Jackie because she becomes very attached to each client and loves to go to work with them. Jackie is very proud of her family and likes to spend her free time with them. In addition to her husband, she has two grown children, 5 grandchildren with her and one grandchild in heaven. Congratulations Jackie!
Congratulations Alice! Alice loves to be able to put a smile on a client’s face. It makes CAREGiving worth every minute! She has worked with seniors for most of her life and found this a very rewarding way to give back upon her own retirement. Before working with her Home Instead clients Alice cared for different family members and some close friends. Alice moved to Northern Kentucky several years ago and has been living in Southgate for the past 16 years. To be able to keep up with CAREGiving Alice schedules some regular time at her gym. She also enjoys attending church, church functions and to spend time with friends, family and her boyfriend.
Congratulations to Susan B! Susan lives in Campbell county and has worked for Home Instead since January of 2013. Her favorite part of being a CAREGiver is to get to know her clients and to learn about their life stories. She has worked with several clients who were World War Veterans and have learned a great deal from their experiences. When Susan is not busy working she enjoys spending time with her family and her two cats. For many years she has also had birdfeeders in her yard. Most of her visitors are different types of Woodpeckers and Chickadees. Reading is another hobby Susan enjoys. She reads biographies, fiction, history and travel books. Her favorite fiction series are the Harry Potter books.
We would like to congratulate our Caregiver of the Year for 2015, PAUL L.!! Paul has lived in Union, Kentucky for 9 years. Prior to coming to Kentucky, Paul lived in Milford, Ohio and owned and operated a Skyline Chili there for 13 years! After selling his Skyline franchise, Paul saw an advertisement to become a Caregiver for HISC and thought it might be the perfect way for him to share his compassion and to give back. Paul has an autistic grandson who he is very involved with, and he feels working with him has given him an understanding of what’s out there — Paul feels that when working with his clients, he gets back two-fold what he gives! Paul shares that is one of the things that he loves about working for HISC. When not caring for his clients, Paul enjoys doing sports card and memorabilia shows on the weekends. Paul enjoys trading, buying and selling! Paul also enjoys bowling and going to the movies. His top three movie recommendations: Dragonfly, The Lake House and all of the Star Wars movies. Congratulations again, Paul, and thank you for your hard work and dedication to your clients!
CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew B. for being chosen as December CAREGiver of the Month! Andrew has been with Home Instead since the spring of 2015, and enjoys his job greatly. He chose Home Instead because he has always had a passion for helping seniors. Andrew is a native of Cincinnati, OH, but currently resides in Silver Grove, KY. He previously worked as a CAREgiver in a group home helping 5 adults with intellectual disabilities. When Andrew is not working he spends his time attending Northern Kentucky University studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Andrew recently became engaged to get married, with a wedding date in the near future. The part Andrew enjoys most about his job is engaging with his regular clients and learning new things about them. Please help us in congratulating Andrew!
CONGRATULATIONS to Linda for being chosen as November CAREGiver of the Month! Linda has been with Home Instead since the spring of 2015, and enjoys her job greatly. She chose Home Instead because she loves to care for and help people of all ages, but wanted to do it on a more personal level. Linda is a native of Cincinnati, OH, moving to Lexington to work with race horses in 1985. In 1992 Linda began attending nursing school, and graduated in 1994. She then spent the next 21 years working as an LPN in the Lexington area. Linda now lives in Burlington, with her 28 year old son. She enjoys exercising, watching soap operas, listening to Christian music, attending Bible Studies, playing BINGO, and going to the local casinos. She also volunteers at some of the local churches with Homeless Ministries. Linda has a great family support with 4 sisters and 2 brothers, that all live in the Tri-State area, and they enjoy getting together often to celebrate the holidays. Please help us in congratulating Linda!
CONGRATULATIONS to Christina for being chosen as October CAREGiver of the Month! Christina has been with Home Instead since the fall of 2014, and enjoys her job greatly. Before coming to work for Home Instead Senior Care, Christina was a stay at home mom to her 3 beautiful children, ages 3, 4, and 7. She chose Home Instead because she loves to care for and help people of all ages. Christina enjoys becoming personal with her clients and caring for them as if they are her own family. When Christina is not working, she enjoys spending time with her children, going to football games, school activities and any other kid-friendly outings. She also spends some of her free time doing crafts and making hair bows and necklaces with her sister. Christina’s goal with Home Instead Senior Care is “to be a constant positive face to her clients and to always be there for them to lean on.” Congrats again to Christina!
Deb has been with Home Instead since the spring of 2015, and enjoys her job greatly. Deb chose to work for HISC because she wanted to give back to seniors. Previously, Deb worked for 20 years in the Cincinnati Public School system. She has worked with children of all ages with several different abilities, and now has the opportunity to use her skills with our clients. When Deb is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 23 years, her 38 year old son, 31 and 29 year old daughters, along with 6 grandchildren. Deb and her family are very active in their church, she enjoys cooking, and just living each day to its fullest. Deb’s motto is “Every day I wake up breathing and can help someone out, is a good day.” Congrats again to Deb Thomas!
CONGRATULATIONS to Crystal for being chosen as August CAREGiver of the Month! Crystal has been with Home Instead since October of 2014, and enjoys her job greatly. Crystal chose to work for HISC because she wanted a more fulfilling job than working in retail. She is currently going to school at Cincinnati State to be an ultrasound technician. When Crystal is not working she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her son. Crystal is also expecting her second son later this year. Crystal and her family welcome rescued pets into their home. They currently have a “small zoo” which consist of 2 dogs, 3 cats, 3 lizards, 2 ferrets, and 5 fish tanks. Congratulations again to Crystal!
Congratulations to Alana G for being chosen the CAREGiver of the month for July! Alana began her journey with Home Instead Senior Care in March of this year. Prior to HISC, Alana was a Team Lead at Goodwill and has worked as a CAREGiver in the area off and on for the last 13 years. She is a native of Florence, and currently lives in Hebron with her husband, son, and daughter. When Alana is not caring for her clients she enjoys spending time with her family and her rescued pitbull, named Dixie, doing almost any activity outdoors. Home Instead would like to thank Alana for all her hard work she puts into caring for her clients. Congratulations again Alana!
Cherita was absolutely thrilled to be recognized as Caregiver of the Month for her great work and her great attitude. Cherita chose to work at Home Instead because she said it felt like the office really cared about her and our clients during her interview, and that we treat this like more than just a job. What Cherita loves most about her job as CAREGiver is that she truly enjoys caring for people. Her job at Home Instead gives her the opportunity to do this. Prior to Home Instead, Cherita was a private Caregiver for children. In her spare time, Cherita says she loves a good glass of wine and loves going out for dinner. She also spends a lot of time reading books.
In his prior career Dan was a computer program analyst for 20 years. When the plant he worked at closed, Dan started working a third shift job. It felt stressful and it was not something he felt was rewarding. Back in May of 2014, Dan read an article about Home Instead in the Florence Recorder. It appealed to him because it seemed more meaningful than his third shift job. What makes CAREGiving personal to Dan is the joy he feels when he is able to help others. The interaction he has with his clients contributes to making their day better.
In his free time Dan likes to spend time with his wife of ten years and their 2 cats. He also enjoys watching sports and following the Reds and the Steelers.
CAREGiving is personal to Rachel since her Grandmother was in a nursing home. Rachel was happy to be able to provide some companionship for her. Her advice to other CAREGivers is to be patient with your clients. She also tries to make her shifts personal and a fun experience, both for the client and herself. Talk to your client and find activities you have in common that you can do together. Some examples could be a window garden, laying puzzles or playing games.
Cindy is our CAREGiver of the Month for March! Cindy is a native of Florence, Kentucky, has been married for thirty years, and she has two sons and a boxer named Easton. Prior to working with Home Instead, Cindy worked with Autistic children for many years for the Boone County School District. Cindy was introduced to Home Instead when our office provided care for her Father. Cindy decided to be a CAREGiver because she loves taking care of people, especially those who don’t have the luxury of family or friends to take care of them. When she is not taking care of her many clients for Home Instead, Cindy enjoys cooking, UK basketball, and spending time with her family. Congratulations Cindy!
We would like to congratulate our Caregiver of the Month for February, Jake V.!!
Jake had the following comments after we called him to give him the great news: Jake said, “I love being a caregiver. I love the one-on-one atmosphere and knowing that we are directly affecting our clients. Before I was a caregiver, I worked at a nursing home and was an assistant manager at a pet store. When I'm not working I love spending time with my son, working on cars, or bowling. In the summer I love to go fishing. I'm currently in school majoring in Middle Ages Special Education.”. Congratulations Jake!
We would like to congratulate our Caregiver of the Month for January, PAUL L.!! Paul has lived in Union, Kentucky for 9 years. Prior to coming to Kentucky, Paul lived in Milford, Ohio and owned and operated a Skyline Chili there for 13 years! After selling his Skyline franchise, Paul saw an advertisement to become a Caregiver for HISC and thought it might be the perfect way for him to share his compassion and to give back. Paul has an autistic grandson who he is very involved with, and he feels working with him has given him an understanding of what’s out there — Paul feels that when working with his clients, he gets back two-fold what he gives! Paul shares that is one of the things that he loves about working for HISC. When not caring for his clients, Paul enjoys doing sports card and memorabilia shows on the weekends. Paul enjoys trading, buying and selling! Paul also enjoys bowling and going to the movies. His top three movie recommendations: Dragonfly, The Lake House and all of the Star Wars movies. Congratulations again, Paul, and thank you for your hard work and dedication to your clients!
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