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A tradition of great caregiving means that we take care of our own as well as we take care of you and your family. 

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.

We are thrilled to introduce our outstanding award winning CAREGivers:​

September 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Karen

September 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Karen

Karen has 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!


Jeanne - June 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

Jeanne - June 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

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 - May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

Lauren - May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

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 - April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

Robin - April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

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.


Hannelore - March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

Hannelore - March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

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 - February 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

Debbie - February 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

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 many! 


Sheila - January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

Sheila - January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month

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 - December 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Jan - December 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 - November 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Mary - November 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 like.


Pamela - October 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Pamela - October 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 others. 


Tiffany - September 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Tiffany - September 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 two children. 


Crystal - August 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Crystal - August 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 Crystal! 


Marisa - July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Marisa - July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 trustworthy.” 


Fran - June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Fran - June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 M - May 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Susan M - May 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 - April 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Sharon - April 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 - March 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Susan - March 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 clients!


Mindy - February 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Mindy - February 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

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 CAREGiver.” 


CAREGiver of the Quarter 2016 - Karena

CAREGiver of the Quarter 2016 - Karena

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!


CAREGiver of the Quarter 2016 - Michael L.

CAREGiver of the Quarter 2016 - Michael L.

Michael 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 lives."


CAREGiver of the Quarter 2016 - Jane S.

CAREGiver of the Quarter 2016 - Jane S.

Jane has 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 team!


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