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.
Sydni Plata is our June 2020 CareGiver of the Month! Sydni has been with Home Instead a little more than a year. She started caregiving while in pursuit of her career in neuropsychology. She's provided care not only to seniors through Home Instead, but also to special needs kids. This has allowed her a better understanding of the changes these populations face. Her favorite thing about caregiving is being able to learn about each individual's quirks and applying that knowledge to their care—she also likes just hanging out with them! When she isn't busy caregiving, Sydni enjoys watching TV—she just finished all ten seasons of Blue Bloods. Her advice to other CAREGivers: be patient and flexible with your clients; everyone is going to be different and you have to meet them where they are. What works for one client may not work for the next. Everyone give a round of applause for this wonderful CareGiver!
Alex Stevens is our April 2020 CareGiver of the Month! Alex has been with Home Instead since May 2019, so she is just about to hit her one year anniversary with us. We couldn't be happier to have her! Alex says she has always worked as a caregiver, whether as a nanny, working in a daycare, or helping our senior clients. She loves getting to know people, and learning their stories and history. Her favorite memory is working with one of our former clients, who has now passed. She says they had a long conversation not long before he died about life: how he grew up and experienced the world, and his perspective on events as they happened. That's not something you can learn from a history textbook. When she isn't busy with our clients, she is busy as a nursing student! She's in her second year, and she is trying to balance school work with lacrosse and outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. When she has a moment to breathe, she enjoys being with her family. Everyone give a round of applause for this busy lady who still works hard to make her clients feel good.
Holly Sauer is our March 2020 CareGiver of the Month! Holly has worked with Home Instead since 2012, and just celebrated her 7 year anniversary and hit 10,000 hours worked with us. Holly got into caregiving after she retired—she wanted to stay active, and boy she sure has! When she's not working with her clients, she spends a lot of time with her daughter, son-in-law, and her two great grandchildren. Holly likes to go to outdoor concerts and shopping trips with her family; and in her alone time, she's reading books or watching TV—Survivor is a favorite! Holly is also an avid traveler, exploring 48 states and going on numerous luxury cruises. Her favorite client memory right now is about her current client, who is a former postal worker. He can't remember Holly's name, preferring to call her Blondie—but he always remember where she lives! Holly's advice to other caregivers is that "you got to love it, or don't do it. You have to accept the good and the bad, and keep chugging along. Don't get discouraged!"
Michelle has been with Home Instead since November 2019. Michelle has been a caregiver for a long time; for 24 years, she took care of her mother who had a stroke, while also taking care of her ill father and raising four kids. She now spends her free time playing with her grand kids, going camping at Barren River Lake, and going to rock concerts. She loves going to see Ozzy Osbourne on stage, and sneaking her way through crowds to get up close. We also learned during our last caregiver meeting that Michelle is a skateboarder! Michelle has been a great caregiver and she not only gets good reviews from her clients, but she also loves working with them. Her goal for shifts is to make her clients' days better. Whether that is reading to them or bringing them a favorite snack of milkshakes and fries, she tries to be the light in their life. Thank you, Michelle, for being a great CAREGiver!
Brittany has been with Home Instead since October 2019. She became a CAREGiver because she loved spending time with her great grandmother when she was small, and that love for being with the elderly has grown over time. She enjoys developing personal relationships with her clients, and seeing the happy expressions on her clients' faces when she walks in the door to help them during the day. When she is not working, Brittany spends a lot of time volunteering at Church and spending time with her dog. In the future, Brittany wants to become a mom, but until then, she's happy being a CAREGiver to her clients. Thank you, Brittany, for being a great CareGIVER!
Renea has worked for Home Instead since July 2019. She retired from Amedisys, a Home Instead home health care partner. Renae believes that seniors need to be represented better and need someone to help them, so she decided to come work for Home Instead. She and her husband love hockey, and spending time with family is the # 1 priority for her. They like to travel every few months and they enjoy going to watch her son who is a musician. Renae is enjoying her "retirement" and loves being able to help her clients.
Mersija has been a caregiver for 20 + years. She moved to Kentucky recently from Michigan to be closer to her family. Mersija is a country girl and loves gardening. She wants to make a difference in her clients' lives and to be there for them when needed. Mersija is constantly getting praise from her clients! Thank You Mersija for always doing a great job.
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!