Christine, Canadian-born and Colorado-raised, says she has always known that she wanted to make a difference in our ever-changing world and she has always been passionate about helping others, so when she joined our team back in early spring of 2020, she was thrilled for the opportunity to dedicate her time and energy into caring for seniors and those in need, saying, “It has been one of the most rewarding things I have done.” Christine, an avid gardener, baker, and hiker, earned her C.N.A. license in 2016. While professional skills are a valuable asset, they alone are not the secret to success as a Home Instead Caregiver. Make no mistake she knows how to connect and bond with her clients, receiving regular compliments and high praise from those she cares for and their families! Congratulations Christine and thank you for bringing joy and making a difference to the clients you serve.
Joining our Home Instead family over 15 years ago, Dorothy has cared for hundreds of clients, bringing comfort, compassion and joy to those she cares for and their families. Dorothy grew up on a farm in a small Nebraska town, married a local boy, raised two children, and now is “Grandma” to quintuplets and two additional grandchildren. She and her husband enjoyed many camping adventures all over the country before he passed away in 2004. Needing to find a new path for her life without her husband of 50 years, she found Home Instead and she describes the opportunity to become a part of our team 15 years ago as “a blessing and a lifeline.” Dorothy, we are the ones that are blessed and honored to know you and work with you! Thank you for all you do for your clients.
Yesenia joined the team last fall and has been an exceptional addition in every way! Not only is she professional, compassionate, and dedicated to her clients, but she is an absolute joy to be around. Her personality is uplifting, and she has such a grateful heart, but it is us who are truly grateful for Yesenia! Yesenia realized a need for seniors to feel loved and valued years ago when she cared for her grandmother. It was then that she decided to pursue the profession of caring for seniors so that she could provide support and bring joy to the seniors in her community. She says, "More than a caregiver, they need a friend who understands them. Someone who is going to laugh and cry with them." Yesenia follows up with how much she enjoys helping her clients and giving them love. In return, she loves hearing their stories, talking with them, and spending time with them. All of which, she says, bring such joy to her life.
On a personal note, Yesenia was born in Mexico but has lived in the US since she was 6 years old. She is married and a mother of 4 (3 boys and 1 girl). For many years she worked in childcare and is hoping to pursue her C.N.A. license so she can learn more and increase her professional skill set. Yesenia loves taking Zumba classes, spending time with her family and enjoying nature in our beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Thank you, Yesenia for making such an amazing difference to the seniors you care for, and for always being such a team player!
Chris is a Colorado native and has been married for 36 years. When beginning her search for a part-time job, it was important to her that it be a job that makes a difference to others and has meaning. She came across our ad and realized it was the perfect fit as she was already a caregiver for her family members. Chris has been with us for over 3 years now and we can’t express how grateful we are for the outstanding compassionate care she has provided to so many of our clients! One client in particular she mentions is a WW2 veteran who survived Pearl Harbor. Listening to his amazing stories of that event will remain with her forever. Not many have that sort of opportunity these days! Chris, we are so thrilled to have you on our team! Keep up the awesome work you are doing to bring joy and comfort to so many!
Anna just celebrated her one-year anniversary with us! She is originally from New York and spent over 20 years as a massage therapist. An interest in the healthcare field and a love of caring for others led her to make a career change and become a caregiver, and we are very grateful she found her way to us here at Home Instead! Anna's favorite part about being a caregiver is the feeling of connection this position provides saying that "It's a great feeling inside when you know you have helped someone." Thank you Anna for the amazing care you provide to our clients!
Thank You CAREGivers!
Home Instead honors all essential workers including our very valued CAREGivers. In recognition of the valiant efforts of all our caregivers during these past stressful weeks, we are naming each and every one of you our March Caregiver of the Month!
to take care of yourselves and your families during this challenging time and
also know that we are always here for you, especially now!
Ana joined the Home Instead Senior Care Denver
North team in November of 2018. She started caregiving for her own
grandmother and quickly realized that this was something she liked doing and
was good at too! Ana has 3 kids and says she is very proud of them and
that it is important to her that they are also proud of her as well, so she
works hard to better herself and learn new things when the opportunity comes
along. She adds that taking care of others makes her feel good about
herself. One of her favorite memories with a senior client is when she
put on some music on a cold Christmas Eve after helping the client bathe,
making her a healthy dinner, and tidying up the house a bit. The client
asked if she could dance with Ana to the music and, with the help of Ana and
her walker for support, she and the client danced to some Christmas tunes and
the smile on her client's face as she enjoyed dancing to the music is something
she will never forget. Thank you Ana for always finding ways to enhance
the lives of your clients and helping them to live their best lives!
Shelly is originally from Texas and moved to the
Denver area with her family in 1995. She originally heard about Home
Instead Senior Care after her own mother had a liver transplant and hospital
staff gave her a card for our services. At the time, Shelly was raising
her sons and was also working in childcare. She later took a position
working with people who have disabilities which she loved and did for 4
years. At some point, she realized she really enjoyed being with seniors
and wanted to work in a one-on-one setting helping them and bringing joy to
their days. Shelly started out working for both Home Instead and another
home care company when she came on board over a year ago, but she soon realized
we were such a good fit for her that she joined us full-time! We love the
way she interacts with her clients and thinks of ways to enhance their
days. Shelly says that what she loves the most is seeing her clients
happy and knowing that she played a part in that happiness. Thank you
Shelly for all you do! We are blessed to have you on our team!
Leah has many years of caregiving experience but joined our team almost 2 years ago when she moved here from Michigan. When asked what has led her to a career as a caregiver, Leah says, "I love seniors! They have so much knowledge to share and love to give, and I have found caregiving to be very rewarding." Leah has also enjoyed this job, she says, because of the support and team-oriented atmosphere provided by the office staff and owners. Leah loves to laugh and when she comes to visit us at the office, she will have everyone else laughing as well! One of her clients said he always knows when Leah has arrived at his home because she will have his wife laughing at something humorous as soon as she arrives at the home. Leah, you are bringing joy and laughter to those you serve, and it enhances the lives of your clients and their families! Thank you for being a part of our team!
After working in an office setting for two decades, Holly,
who says she has always loved the elderly, researched our company, and decided
to leave her office job to join our team of caregivers. Almost a year
later she says of this career switch, “It’s the best thing I have ever
done.” Holly says she loves her sweet clients and they are making such a
difference in her life! Holly was born and raised in Alabama and earned a
degree in business from Auburn University. She and her husband have
embraced the Colorado lifestyle and spend time hiking, paddle boarding, and fishing.
Holly is making such a positive impact on her clients whether it is attending
yoga with them, helping them plan out a flower garden by providing seeds
harvested from her own, or hiking up in the mountains. Thank you Holly
for everything you are doing to bring joy and meaning to your clients’
days!! We are so blessed to have you on our team and are grateful for the
outstanding care and compassion you provide to the clients you serve.
Martha joined us in August of 2018 and was relatively new to
caregiving prior to Home Instead. She
says she has a love of helping those in need and so a job caregiving just made
sense! What she says she loves most is the bonds she builds with her clients and
learning all of the unique qualities and characteristics of each one. Martha is from Mexico but grew up in
California where she still has family.
She has 3 children, including a 12-year-old son whom she loves watching
play football. She also has a beautiful
granddaughter who is almost 3 years old! Martha is cherished by our staff who say that she is always a team
player who will go so far as to rearrange her own schedule in order to meet the
changing needs of her clients. She goes
above and beyond for them and it is much appreciated by her clients, their
families, as well as our staff and owners.
Thank you, Martha for all you do!
Congratulations September 2019 CAREGiver of the Month, Maria
S. who has been on our team since May of 2018!
Maria, who is originally from Ft. Collins, got her start caregiving with
her own grandparents several years ago, and she says that always hoped she
would have the opportunity to do something like that again. What Maria loves most about being a caregiver
is meeting lots of interesting seniors who have amazing stories to share about
the lives they have led. One of Maria’s
favorite things to do for her clients is cooking them good meals they can enjoy
throughout the remainder of the week.
She knows how much her clients appreciate it, and it makes her feel
good! When she isn’t working, Maria
enjoys spending time with her husband and family and loves to cook, bake and
Becoming a senior caregiver was a new experience for Eva
when she joined our team about a year ago.
She felt it was something she would be naturally good at and was excited
to go down a new path and learn new skills.
Once she received all the necessary training and coaching, Eva began
making a great impression on us, her clients, and their families right
away. She has a very soft spoken and
calm way with her clients, and it has been exciting to watch her grow and
become comfortable in her role. We
really had to recognize how far she has come and how skilled and confident she
is with the care she provides her clients.
Eva was born in Mexico but has lived in Colorado most of her life. She has a husband and two young kids who keep
her very busy! We are just glad she can
find time to be such a valued and important member of our team. Thank you Eva!
Stacie joined our team in 2017 and is about to celebrate her
two-year anniversary as a Home Instead CAREGiver! She has a background as a C.N.A. and with
that brings much professional knowledge and a compassionate nature to her
clients. Stacie is happily married with
2 grown children and 3 beautiful grandchildren.
She is a Colorado native who enjoys fishing and, of course, watching her
grandchildren grow! Stacie says what she
loves most about caregiving is that she can take care of wonderful seniors in
their most comfortable environment, their own homes! She has so many great stories and memories of
the seniors she cares for but one of her favorite experiences is a man she
cared for who was highly intelligent and who loved to read to her. He would read about things like hummingbirds
and the types of flowers that attract them.
She says her life is better because of the time she spent with this man,
caring for him and learning from him.
Thank you Stacie for all you do for your clients and the great lengths
you go to in order to make a difference in their lives!
Sandy used to work in a retirement home when she was
younger, so when she came across a posting for a job as a caregiver with Home
Instead, she knew this was a step in the right direction! Sandy has been
with us for a year and loves working overnight shifts making sure her clients
feel safe and care for during the evening and early morning hours. She
says that she loves being able to help her seniors and especially loves the
stories they share about their lives. They are great history
lessons! As a “Marine Corps Brat,” Sandy has moved many times during her
life after being born at Camp Pendleton, CA. She moved to Colorado a
couple of years ago and has family here as well. Sandy is really
into her crafts and we are always the lucky recipients of some of her
creations. She even makes things and donates them to our charitable
causes for raffle contests! Sandy, we are so fortunate to have you on our
team. Thanks for all you do!
Caroline cared for her own elderly parents until they passed away, and that experience led her down the path of professional caregiving where she found us here at Home Instead! Caroline joined our team in February of 2018. Since then she has proven to be an outstanding caregiver to so many of our senior clients, especially during overnight shifts where she says it is important to give them peace of mind and a feeling that they are not alone. In addition to providing exceptional care, Caroline is also a team player and always helps us out when she can, especially when it comes to taking extra shifts when we need it.
"To be able to help a senior in need whether it is housekeeping support, grooming assistance, or companionship and conversation, is what I love most about this job," says Caroline. Seeing a smile on the faces of her clients is what is most significant and meaningful to her and we know there will be many more smiles to come as she works compassionately and with dedication to make a world of difference in the lives of the seniors she serves. Thank you, Caroline!
Mickey has been a part of our team since 2015 and we are so proud to have him caring for and building relationships with our clients over these past 4 years. Mickey says he is following in his grandmother's footsteps as she was a professional caregiver as well! When he was asked what he loves most about being a caregiver, Mickey says he loves the incredible amount he learns from his clients about world history from a different generation's experiences and perspective. In addition, Mickey loves to see the smile on his client's face when they accomplish tasks together, engage in meaningful and educational conversations, and play "games from the old days" such as Bridge!
Born at Nouassuer Air Force Base near Casablanca, Mickey is the son of an Air Force Master Sergeant and a Cajun mother from Louisiana. Like his father, Mickey also served his country in the Air Force. To date, Mickey has lived in 13 different states, 45 different cities, but has called Colorado home for nearly half of his life. After the Air Force, Mickey worked construction while putting himself through college and then spent 30 years working in the Information Technology Mainframe Development field. Thank you, Mickey for bringing so much joy and meaning to the days of the clients you serve. You are making a world of difference!
Nanette has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care Denver North for almost 2 years! She had no prior experience but took a chance, applied, was offered a position, and has found that she loves this job! Nanette was born in Kansas but has raised her children in Colorado where she has lived for the past 19 years. She has also spent 20 years in the Mohave Desert where she worked as a correspondent and also as a contractor with Edwards Air Force Base.
Nanette says that she loves being able to serve while earning a living at the same time. Being a CAREGiver has brought her closer to God, giving her faith that everything will work out. She also says that being a CAREGiver keeps her on her toes! One of Nanette's most memorable senior clients is a woman who enjoyed walking as a hobby, and as Nanette accompanied her on walks, she grew to love walking as well. Thanks to this very special senior, Nanette is an avid walker and has lost 20 lbs! In addition, Nanette says that she is touched by the seniors she serves and that caregiving gives her a better understanding of herself and helps her to love others. Thank you Nanette for enriching the lives of some very special seniors.
Ashley started out helping her own loved ones by providing
care and companionship for them when they needed it most. She realized that caring for others was a
passion and she made the decision to seek out a professional caregiving
position. We are so glad she did and now
Ashley has been part of our caregiving team going on 3 years! Ashley was born and raised in Colorado and
enjoys being part of a large and loving family. When she isn’t caregiving Ashley also enjoys camping, horseback riding,
hiking and outdoor activities in general. When asked about a favorite memory with one of her senior clients she
says, “I don’t have a favorite memory because each time I put a smile on a
senior’s face is special to me.
Debbie joined our team of caregivers over a year ago, but
she has been making a difference in the lives of others for over 20 years
whether working with children, seniors, or disabled adults. Debbie was born and raised in Colorado and
has raised her family here as well. She
has two grown children and two grandchildren! What Debbie loves most about being a Home Instead Senior Care Caregiver
are the life stories she is so blessed to hear from her senior clients. They are filled with wisdom, life lessons, and
are a testament to lives that have been well lived and will continue to be well
lived with the compassionate care and companionship of caregivers like
Debbie. Thank you Debbie for making a
world of difference to some very special seniors!
Donita is originally from Detroit, Michigan and considers
herself a true “city girl.” She is from
a large family and is the second oldest of 7 children! She has been a caregiver for just over a year
now and says she always knew she wanted to help people and had an interest in
the medical field so finding a job that allows her to not only help but also care
for and build relationships with others fits perfectly with both her personal
and professional goals. Donita admits starting out was a challenge as she was
unsure how to start conversations with her clients or feel comfortable in their
homes; however, if you know Donita, that didn’t last long as she has a very
vibrant and lively spirit! Those who
don’t know her, want to, and those who do, are happier because she has no-doubt
brightened their day with her warm, joyful, and positive personality. Thank you Donita for creating happy moments
for the clients you serve and for bringing a smile to their day. We are very grateful and honored to have you
on our team!
Judy was born and raised in San Diego, California. Her first experience as a caregiver was as a
candy striper in a convalescent home when she was just 12 years old. She would read to the residents, get them
water, help feed them, and listen to their stories. Judy says doing meaningful work like this
makes her happy so she has been a caregiver for 50 years. What she still loves most is listening to the
unique stories they each have to tell. Judy
has a daughter and son as well as a son-in-law and two grandchildren. She spent most of her professional career as
a licensed tax preparer and ran her own business in California. She also became a licensed massage therapist
along the way. Judy worked for a Home
Instead Senior Care out in San Diego before relocating here to Denver 11 years
ago and joining our team over a year ago.
Judy enjoys many hobbies from growing flowers for her clients to making
quilts. She also loves camping, fishing,
and the beach, but what she enjoys most these days is riding her Harley
Davidson! Thank you Judy for enhancing
the lives of your clients and for making a world of difference to them when
they need it most.
Ginger has been a part of our Home Instead family for almost
2 years now but has been a medical assistant at a local Denver hospital for 21
years!!! When thinking about a second job, she knew that with her
experience as a medical assistant and her naturally caring nature, she would be
great at caregiving, and we couldn’t agree more! When asked what she
likes best about caregiving, Ginger says, “I don’t even think of this as a job
because I love caring for seniors so much.” What she enjoys most is
meeting new clients, helping them with whatever they need, and brightening
their days. Ginger grew up in Arvada and she and her husband have a
family that includes 5 teenagers.
been a Home Instead caregiver for a little over 2 years and in that time has
made a big impression on us and a big difference in the lives of some very
special seniors and their families! She
says about caregiving, “You go into the home to be a blessing to someone, and
you come out of the home feeling blessed.”
The path that has led Karen to us has been filled with many interesting
and life-changing events along the way.
Karen spent 8 years as a missionary in Lithuania with her husband and
two young daughters (the younger born in Lithuania) and then another 3 years in
Puerto Rico. She homeschooled her daughters through the 8th
grade, and the oldest is now a recent college graduate. In addition to her missionary work and
raising daughters, she and her husband are very active in their church where he
serves as one of several pastors to a congregation of over 500, and she serves
as organist, pianist, and guitar player during services. She and her husband have also been putting on
the annual Christmas play for all age groups for the past 7 years! Karen’s mother, who lives in New Jersey, has
begun to struggle with dementia and has her own team of family and professional
caregivers. Karen feels that this has
given her a unique perspective as a daughter and a caregiver. Congratulations Karen and thank you for all
you do for us and for our clients!
Sheabrea recently celebrated her 1 year anniversary with us
and has proven to be a very valuable addition to our team during that
time. Sheabrea is from Glenwood Springs,
CO, but came down to Denver to attend the University of Colorado Denver. She is studying Psychology and hopes to be
graduating next fall. Sheabrea has
always had a natural desire and instinct to help others, so being a caregiver
gives her a true sense of meaning and making a difference in the world. She loves knitting and reading with her
clients and just spending time getting to know them while helping them with
whatever they need to stay independent and in their own homes. A lot of times, she finds that they have
something to teach her! Sheabrea says
that what she enjoys most about this job is the fact that what she does matters
to somebody. Thank you for everything
you do to brighten the days of your clients Sheabrea. We are so glad to have you on our team!
Nerissa recently celebrated her 4 year anniversary with us
and over those four years she has made such a difference in the lives of so
many of our special seniors. Nerissa’s
clients and their families say that she is a happy person with a great laugh
and an even better sense of humor. They
also add that she is a very loving person and very responsible as well. As for the office staff and owners, we enjoy
it when Nerissa stops by with some home-made, traditional cuisine from her home
country of The Philippines! When Nerissa
isn’t caregiving, she spends time with her daughter and family and she is also
a student. One family member of a client
she visits says they don’t know what they would do without her, and we
wholeheartedly agree! Thank you Nerissa,
for your years of being a loyal, dedicated, responsible employee and a
wonderful, compassionate, professional caregiver to your clients.
After a long career in the medical field, Jeanne, who had
provided occasional care to her own parents, decided to join our team as a Home
Instead Senior Care CAREGiver. Jeanne
said she believes seniors should remain at home for as long as possible and she
wanted to help make that happen for her clients. What makes her job so enjoyable and
meaningful is that she loves hearing stories and talking with her senior clients,
and she knows how important it is for them to be heard and to share what has
been important and significant in their lives.
In her free time, Jeanne, a lover of all animals, loves to hike with her
kids and spend time with family. Thank
you Jeanne for providing outstanding care to our seniors and for understanding
why this job is so important and special to those you serve!
Lauren has been on our team for over a year now! She became a caregiver out of a personal
need to contribute, make a difference, and to serve others. She refers to caregiving as “moral work” and
feels that it is so important to help her senior clients transition smoothly to
this new stage of life with grace, dignity, and with a true validation of their
feelings and acknowledgment of their challenges. She loves that she is helping them to stay at
home, in familiar surroundings where she can show them ways to keep their
mental fortitude and independence. Lauren
loves to hear clients’ stories from the past as she sees it turn a light on in
their minds, saying that, “They feel encouraged when the have a new story to
tell.” Lauren enjoys what caregiving
brings to her life. She has met family
members and pets, walked to lakes to admire wood sculptures, set up “old-timey”
movie projectors for a private movie showing, lots of gardening, and so many
other things she does with and for her clients.
Lauren has a lively personality and that is reflected in her fun,
patterned socks, as well as her sometimes colorful hair, both of which her
clients look forward to seeing when she arrives each day. Lauren really enjoys her clients from their
sense of humor to the life advice they have to share with her. “They have been
there, done that,” as she puts it! They
have taught her to be a better listener and have also helped her to learn more
patience and understanding which have helped her in her daily life. She has an appreciation for what she does and
it challenges her to work harder to ensure that she is giving her clients the
best experience possible!
Robin was born and raised in Maryland and is the
granddaughter of both Austrian and German immigrants. Her grandparents, “Grammy” and “Papa”,
eventually moved into a house with Robin’s parents and it gave Robin the
opportunity to learn their life lessons, listen to their stories, and make some
very special memories through the years.
Her Austrian grandmother, “Omi,” also played a very significant role in
Robin’s life, teaching her to cook many authentic Austrian dishes such as
strietzel, schnitzel, goulash, and dumplings.
Robin still enjoys cooking to this day, especially the dishes she
learned from her “Omi!” After graduating
with a degree in sociology and a 20 year career working for a global staffing
firm, Robin came to the realization that she wanted to pursue a job that would
fulfill her need to care for others and make a difference. Robin’s best friends, who have known her
since high school, and who know that she has a soft spot in her heart for
seniors, suggested she pursue a job as a caregiver. We are so happy they
did! Robin recently celebrated her 6-month
anniversary with us and says that “smiling through the day” with her clients as
well as bringing comfort, peace of mind, and love to their days is what is
important. Robin says that her need to
care for others is being fulfilled in her role as Caregiver to her clients, and
we are thrilled and proud that she made the heart-felt decision to join our
team! In her free time, Robin loves to
cook and spend time with her husband Matt and their 2 precious Shih-Tzu
pups. Thank you Robin for all you do for
us and more importantly, for the special seniors you care for each day.
Congratulations Hannelore, our March 2018 CAREGiver of the
Month! Hannelore joined our team 2 years
ago and while she has a full-time job during the week, she enjoys caring for
her senior clients on her weekends.
Hannelore was born and raised in rural Germany where she met her
husband, an American Army soldier, and after marrying, moved to the US and
became an American citizen. As a young Army wife, during the 1970s, Hannelore
kept busy raising their two children and helping to financially support her German
relatives back home. Over the years she
has lived in many different places and has had the opportunity to meet some
amazing people. She has also served in
varying capacities professionally including banking, childcare, retail and for
the past 19 years, telecom. Hannelore
loves to travel and learn new things.
Most recently she and her travel partner (her 13-year old granddaughter)
visited Iceland and Germany where she fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams of
horseback riding in Iceland! Hannelore felt
a calling to caregiving after she lost her mother in Germany and had been
unable to visit her during the last few years of her life. She feels that it is very important for her
clients to know that they are not alone in life. She loves to sit and listen to their stories
and provide them with valuable companionship so that they don’t feel lonely and
feel valued and important.
Debbie has been a CAREGiver with our Home Instead office
since 2008, and this is the second time she has received the CAREGiver of
the Month award! Debbie’s experience as a CAREGiver began when her
brother suffered a traumatic brain injury and needed care. She also says
watching her father care for his mother opened her eyes to the important idea
of being there for family and others when they are in need of care and
companionship. Debbie says that it is in her nature to be a caring person
and that she is filled with the spirit of the Lord which helps her in her role
as CAREGiver to so many of our wonderful senior clients. While caring for
clients Debbie says, “It is important to be positive, to live in the moment
with clients, and to treat others as I would like to be treated.” For
Debbie, being a CAREGiver is about making a difference in the lives of those
she is caring for and she says she also enjoys getting to know them, hearing
their stories, and seeing them smile. Thank you Debbie for being such a
rockstar and for making such an important difference in the lives of so
Congratulations to our January
CG of the Month, Sheila! Sheila has been with us since last summer and
also owns her own gym in North Denver. Sheila began caregiving when she
became a mother and is now a grandmother as well! She is fully fluent in
Spanish and was very helpful to us last year when she offered to assist us by
using her bilingual skills to translate for us with some potential client
family members in need of our help. She took time out of her schedule to
meet our staff member and was very professional and helpful. Sheila also
provides a level of nurturing and compassionate care to our clients that we are
very proud of and she has been known to incorporate her knowledge of stretching
and body mechanics with her clients as she helps them with their activities of
daily living. Thank you Sheila for all you do and we are very
grateful and honored to have you on our team!
Jan has been a CAREGiver with our Home Instead office for
almost 11 years! During that time she has been blessed to have made
a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of so many special seniors in
whom she was entrusted to provide compassionate and professional care. She enjoys her job as it makes a difference in the lives of seniors and
their families. She says that her clients are “neat people” with a lot to
share. Thank you Jan for your many years of dedicated service to your
clients and to us here at Home Instead Senior Care Denver North!
Mary has been taking care of special needs children for 30
years, so being a caregiver has been a part of her life for a long time!
She has cared for her grandparents, parents of friends, and now her own
parents. Mary joined our team 2 years ago and says the opportunity to
help others and make a difference in lives is a constant and recurring them in
her life and is what God has planned for her. In Mary’s words, “The
biggest reward is that I get to help these wonderful people and pray with
them. I feel like what I do in life matters and I feel like I am doing
what God wants me to do. Our clients need love and someone they can
trust.” Mary is a great example of someone who puts her heart into what
she does and is a stellar representative of what “Living Home Instead” looks
Pam began her caregiving journey providing care to her own
father as he struggled with cancer. His eventual passing left her
feeling, as she describes, “lost and empty.” She remembers hearing her
dad’s voice telling her that she had a true calling for caregiving and she
should pursue this as a profession. She did just that, and we are so
honored and blessed to have Pam with us providing exceptional care and
companionship to so many of our clients over the 8+ years she has been on our
team. Pam says that she loves being with and caring for seniors.
She enjoys their stories, getting to know them, being a part of their lives,
and comforting them during difficult times. She believes that what she is
doing more than a job. It is her passion and a rewarding experience that
provides her with a true sense of making a difference in the lives of
Tiffany joined our team in the summer of 2017 and is known
for her loving and caring demeanor as well as her stellar communication skills
with our office staff. Tiffany is naturally drawn to helping others, and
spends much of her weekend caring for her disabled uncle, even learning sign
language so that she could communicate with him. She has also cared
for other family members and says, “Helping others comes easily to me.”
Tiffany also says that the most rewarding part of her job is seeing her clients
smile and seeing how happy they are when she is with them. In her free
time, Tiffany enjoys being in the mountains snowboarding with her husband and
Crystal was searching for a job that would allow her to have
meaningful conversation and serve others one-on-one. A friend recommended
caregiving, and she found Home Instead Senior Care! When asked about what
she enjoys or finds meaningful about her job Crystal says, “Everyone
needs companionship, encouragement, love, laughter, hope and some help
sometimes. I enjoy hearing my clients’ stories, cheering them on to stand for
one minute longer, laughing together, sharing together, and helping them feel
better even if that simply means giving them a hug.” In her free time, Crystal
enjoys hiking, swimming, exploring nature, spending time with family and church
friends. We are so blessed and proud to have you on our team
Marisa joined our team this year and brings with her a lot
of positive energy, a strong work ethic, and a cheerful disposition. Like a lot
of our team, being a CAREGiver is a second job. Marisa’s first job is
coaching and teaching athletic as well as life skills to at-risk teenaged girls
in the Denver area. She herself is very athletically talented and skilled
in various sports, so she has a lot to share with her group! That strong
set of skills has also proven beneficial in her role as CAREGiver to the
clients to whom she has been providing care. The son of one of her
clients says this about Marisa, “I would like to commend Marisa for her
excellent care of my mother who has Alzheimer’s. She has a natural calm
that helps keep my mother calm. She is able to wash and dress her with
compassion and efficiency. She is also a ready and hard worker for the
cleaning I have her do. She comes in to care for my mom for 4 hours each
Sunday and Thursday and is dependable, never late or absent, and
Fran has been on our team for over a year now and began her
caregiving career with her own grandmother who lived with her family when she
was growing up and was diagnosed with cancer when Fran was in high
school. Fran was involved with her grandmother’s care for the last few
years of her life and she says, “being able to be there for her and help her
was undoubtedly a major influence in my attraction to caregiving.” During
Fran’s college years she worked in a nursing home and she also interned in a
group home for intellectually disabled juveniles. Fran owned and operated
her own daycare, even after having her own children, and continued to provide
assistance to the intellectually disadvantaged and physically handicapped as
well. Once her children were in school, Fran became a para-educator for
special needs high school students attending classes with them, providing GI
feeding support, and physical therapy needs. When it comes to caregiving,
Fran says the biggest reward is in the personal relationships she has formed.
“It is rewarding to bring comfort and relief to my clients or to help them
accomplish daily tasks and things that are of importance to them.” When
she isn’t caregiving, Fran enjoys camping, knitting, crocheting, reading,
gardening, and guitar playing but her favorite way to spend her free time is with
her kids now ages 22 and 19!
Susan realized her true calling as a caregiver providing
care to two sick family members. Susan says, “Not only did I find that
caregiving came naturally to me, it was also very rewarding.” For her,
the biggest reward is getting to know the clients and making a connection with
them. Susan admits that she gets very attached to her senior clients and
they become a big part of her life. She looks forward to spending time
with them and helping them and says that it never feels like a job to her.
It’s like being with a family member or a very dear friend. She sums it
up by saying, “this is the only job I have ever had that I can honestly say I
love going to each and every day.” Susan has been with us for over
a year now, and we are very fortunate and proud to have her on our team!
Sharon is described by office staff as the ideal CAREGiver
who steps up when we need her, reflects the high standards and positive
attitude of Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers, and regularly receives high
praise and gratitude from clients and their families. Sharon began her
career as a CAREGiver with Home Instead in New Mexico but joined our team two
years ago and we are so grateful that she did! Being a CAREGiver has many
rewards but for Sharon the most significant is the enjoyment she receives from
talking to her clients, listening to their stories, and learning about the
lives they have led. This has made her job as a CAREGiver
interesting and personally rewarding in a very unique way. Thank you
Sharon for all you do. We know that your clients have and continue to
enjoy telling their stories and sharing their wisdom with you.
Susan became a CAREGiver in 2009 after being laid
off, thinking it would be temporary. As it turned out, she has
never looked back! What she enjoys most about being a CAREGiver is that she
gets to help keep people independent and in their homes where they are safe,
comfortable, and happiest. Thank you Susan for your dedication,
commitment, and above all, the compassionate care you provide each day to our
Mindy came to us in April of 2015 and what a gift she has
been to us! The high level of professionalism and compassion she
provides to our clients is truly amazing and we are so grateful to have her on
our team representing us and taking such outstanding care of those for whom she
cares. Both clients and family members speak so highly of her and the
fact that she goes above and beyond for her clients with thoughtful and special
gestures. Mindy said about being a Home Instead CAREGiver, “Home Instead
has been a wonderful experience that has helped me to learn and understand
people in a loving, patient, and positive way and I am a much better woman,
wife, mother, sister, and friend because of my experiences as a
Karena is well-deserving to be
chosen as our latest CAREGiver of the Quarter! As a CAREGiver, she
provides a consistent level of compassionate care to our clients. Karena
is always willing to learn and improve as a CAREGiver. She is currently
providing care to some of our more challenging dementia clients and is very
attentive and innovative in her approach to the care they require. She
has demonstrated a significant commitment to our Alzheimer’s and dementia
training, both in implementing the tools/techniques learned in the Advanced
Alzheimer’s training class, and working closely with our staff in figuring out
new approaches to challenges she is facing. She has shown resilience in
trying different techniques which has led to a better experience for her and
our clients. Congratulations Karena!
has been long-deserving and continuously eligible for this recognition for so
many reasons. He is self-managed, and consistently exceeds expectations
not only as an employee, but especially as the person his clients depend on for
care and companionship. Said best by the wife of Michael's client,
"Michael brings many wonderful qualities to the care he provides for my
husband, Stroh. His patience, good humor in all matters, and most
importantly, compassion, shape our time together. Despite the challenges,
Michael is willing and enthusiastic for the task of taking Stroh out to his
beloved art studio. Michael's help is essential to keeping Stroh engaged
in his passion for creating art. Michael's good work enhances both our
been a Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver since February of 2014, but began
caregiving for her own parents and then for three of her husband’s family
members prior to joining us. When asked about those to whom she provides
care, Jane so eloquently says, “They all want to stay independent and feel
valued for who they are, not for what their bodies can no longer do. I
found that I could be an extension of their abilities and that with
communication, together we could accomplish most of what brought meaning to
their lives and have fun doing it as well!” Jane also adds that those she
cares for all have a story to tell and she loves to listen. Jane
describes herself as a life-long learner and keeps herself busy gardening,
raising guide dogs and as a photographic artist. She is truly making a
difference in the lives of her clients and we are so honored to have her on our