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.
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.
Deby has been with Home Instead since the spring of 2015. She attended nursing school at Eastern Kentucky University and retired after 20 years in the Cincinnati Public School system as an instructional assistant. She has worked with people of all ages from young children through seniors with different abilities. At the time Deby retired her daughter was a senior caregiver in Cincinnati and it sounded like something Deby would like to do to give back so she called HISC. She wants to be a blessing to others. She feels good when she knows her clients are happy, safe, comfortable and smiling. When time permits she likes to play games with her client’s. They particularly like Bingo and card games. They ended 2017 on an even tie for games won.
Deby has 3 children and 6 grandkids. Deb and her family are very active in their church. She also likes cooking, playing Solitaire. Her favorite restaurant is Logan’s.
Kyle got exposed to CAREGiving when he helped his grandparents to remain in their home. Kyle joined Home Instead in August of this year. He is really excited to see how his client has progressed in the last few months. They have worked closely with physical therapy on walking and balancing and to see the payoff really makes Kyle feel he has made a difference in this family’s life.
Kyle is the middle child of two middle children. He has 2 brothers and a niece. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his two cats and to play music. Kyle’s favorite instrument is the keyboard but he also plays piano, alto saxophone, xylophone and the ocarina. Kyle is looking forward to winter so he can go skiing at Perfect North and read some more Stephen King/ Ann Rice books.
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.
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