Our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for October is Alva T. Alva has been with Home Instead and has cared for her client, Ms. F, 5 days a week for 6.5 years. According to Connie, our Home Care Consultant, "This is a friendship like I have never seen- the laughing, the talking and the hard work that Alva does is like no other client and caregiver. It is a true team and they have developed a wonderful bond over the many years together. Alva makes a huge difference in Ms. F's life every day. They love each other's company. Alva helps with everything: showering, dressing, meals, transportation and keeping her house clean."
According to Ms. F, "I don't know what I would do without Alva. She is like family."
Our General Manager, Jessica, has praise for Alva and her professionalism. "She is never late and never calls out. Alva attends all the mandatory training sessions. She presents herself in a professional and friendly manner whenever I see her. Alva is one of the CAREGivers that quietly does her job without seeking accolades. I wish we had 100 more CAREGivers like Alva!!"
Thank you, Alva, for making our lives easier and for the difference you make every day in the lives of your clients!
Sharon is our CAREGiver of the Month for September. Although Sharon's tenure with Home Instead is relatively short, her compassion and caregiving skills are second to none. One of Sharon's biggest concerns when first hired was working in a cluttered environment. She faced her fears when she was placed with her first client who has a condition that makes her very anxious when thinking about throwing things away. Her home was very cluttered. On the first visit, Sharon felt an immediate compassion for her client and was determined to help her through this challenge. She has been very successful and is still with this client, working together to declutter her home.
Connie, our Home Care Coordinator, said she was very impressed with Sharon's attitude and the way she related to her client, putting her at ease and telling her 'we are a team and we will work together to improve your environment'. According to Connie, Sharon has changed her client's life. She is her friend and companion. According to this client, "God has sent Sharon to me. She is kind and compassionate. I love her. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her."
Thank you, Sharon, for your compassion and for meeting your client where she is and lifting her up in her time of need.
As our August CAREGiver of the Month, Sandra exemplifies the best qualities of compassionate care. According to Client Care Coordinator, Jalynn, Sandra keeps her client Grace engaged with activities. Sandra paints with Grace and has taught Grace how to crochet. According to Grace's daughter, "A day with Sandra is a good day – a day without Sandra is a not so happy day for my mom. She has an engaging personality that my mom likes and appreciates. It is so important to recognize the hard work Sandra is doing and it offers me peace of mind knowing someone is with my mom and taking good care of her when I can't be there."
The daughter was so appreciative that Sandra took her mom back and forth to the hospital when Grace's husband was ill and said, "We were so touched that Sandra went to help my mom get ready the morning of the funeral and showed up at my dad's funeral. She is a special person. We are very satisfied and happy with the care she provides for my mom."
Thank you, Sandra, for your exceptional acts of compassionate care. We are so very fortunate to have you on our team!
Our unanimous choice for CAREGiver of the Month for July is Lataisha D who has been caring for her client, Mr. H, for the past 3 years. According to the client's wife, "Lataisha is a true gem. She is such a help to my husband, to me, and our cats! She caters to every need with a wonderful disposition. Taisha is our sunshine. She is a real blessing. I don't know how I would make it without her. She gets my husband laughing and I get a break!"
Lataisha is very patient with Mr. H who has dementia. She is easy-going and very sweet with him and they have formed a very special bond. Mr. H's wife is so appreciative of Lataisha because she keeps her husband engaged with conversation and playing cards. She is proactive; she knows exactly what to do without being asked. Mrs. H said she would adopt her if she could and that she would be lost without her.
We recognize Lataisha for her patience, warm heart and generous spirit. Thank you, Lataisha, for your extraordinary acts of compassionate care.
As a dedicated and compassionate Home Instead CAREGiver for the past 12 years (and 18,000 hours!), Dot is our unanimous choice for CAREGiver of the Month for June.
As a faithful and dependable CAREGiver to Mrs. B every week day for the past 3 years, the family believes they would be 'lost without Dot'. According to Mrs. B's daughter, "For my Mom, Dot is like having a good friend show up each day to help her with the things that need to be done and to be a companion- to talk about the latest news and other things which they have in common. Dot's cooking background is a perfect fit for Mom. She provides a delicious full breakfast as well as other well-planned and prepared meals. Dot does the food shopping and ensures what is needed for meals is bought and stocked in the house.
Dot is organized and self-motivated doing daily activities without direction. She does the big things as well as a host of small things, whether that is filling a hummingbird feeder or birdbath for my Mom's enjoyment or picking blooms from the yard to make a nice flowerpot for Mom's table. Dot is very thoughtful and often brings special treats for Mom like a potted or cut flowers, special dessert, thoughtful card, etc.
Dot also is especially dependable, arriving each day on schedule, even when the weather is not cooperating. Dot's calm demeanor has been a blessing for all of us. Mom gets frustrated with her limitations sometimes. Dot has amazing skills and does not let such frustration affect her calm demeanor which in turn helps Mom to get over her frustration. As one of Mom's daughters, I consider myself so lucky to have a person like Dot as Mom's caregiver."
Thank you, Dot, for your exceptional acts of compassionate care. We are so fortunate to have you on our team for the past 12 years!
Katherine M. is the team's choice for CAREGiver of the Month for May. For the past 7 years, Katherine has provided Home Instead clients with exceptional and compassionate care. According to a client's wife, "When Katherine arrives, always early, it's like a ray of sunshine comes in with her. She is efficient, very competent, and most of all caring and loving. Event though Jim is usually non- communicative, Katherine understands him. Katherine also supports me and she'll always be my friend. I am grateful to Katherine for helping and supporting me so much on this journey of caring for Jim at home."
According to Darla, our Lead Staffing Coordinator, "Katherine is always so pleasant and kind. She is very professional, reliable and dependable. She gives so much of herself and is always willing to help because she really cares about her clients. She quietly does her job and goes above and beyond all the time and truly deserves this recognition."
Thank you, Katherine, for your dedicated and compassionate service to Home Instead Senior Care and to your clients!!
Ruby is the team's choice for CAREGiver of the Month because of her dependability and reassuring nature with clients and family members.
According to one client's daughter, "Ruby is so compassionate, loving and concerned. She takes her job seriously, and she's such a gem of a person! She is the perfect balance of love and care. Mom's birthday was on a Saturday and it was Ruby's day off but she stopped by anyway to visit. Mom was thrilled and we were too! She is just AWESOME!!!"
According to Connie, our Home Care Consultant, "For our clients that require the highest level of care, Ruby is able to calmly provide exceptional care to these clients and also help their overwhelmed family members. Everyone loves Ruby! She reassures clients and family members and goes above and beyond in providing care. She is truly a team player and makes it easy for me to talk about the exceptional care our CAREGivers provide because I have Ruby as an example!"
Thank you, Ruby, for your compassion and the exceptional relationships you develop with your clients and their family members!
Our unanimous choice for February CAREGiver of the Month is Linda R. Our team agrees that Linda is very easy to work with, that she is flexible and always willing to take on extra shifts when needed. Linda’s biggest contribution, however, is to her client, Robert. He said, “Everyone needs a person like Linda. She is fastidious, inquisitive, always stays busy, will do anything and is exceptionally helpful.” Robert has also told, Karen, our Client Care Manager that he looks forward to Linda’s visits everyday. He said that she is indispensable and he would not know what to do without her. He said Linda keeps his house spotlessly clean, she runs errands with him and does all of his grocery shopping. He said Linda is one of the hardest workers he has ever seen. Thank you, Linda, for making such a big difference in Robert’s life and in the lives of all the clients you serve. We are fortunate to have you on our team!
Karen J is our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for June. In her nearly 3 years as a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care, Karen has won the hearts of her clients, their families and our staff. She is dedicated to her clients and has a special relationship with each of them. Mrs. W said Karen is just like family and would like for her to move in with her! Mrs. M and Karen love each other and say goodbye at every shift with a kiss on the cheek. Mrs. M said she doesn’t know what she would do without Karen. According to Linda, another client’s daughter, “Karen is the best. Her compassion and her patience are unbelievable. She is wonderful with helping my mom eat. She is very sensitive to the elderly, not just my mom, but all those around her. She is quick to offer help to everyone. Karen is a true asset to Home Instead. Karen treats my mom like a real person. She is great at engaging and making mom feel important. Please don't take her from us!"
Our choice for CAREGiver of the month for May is Tanya F. As a dedicated CAREGiver for Home Instead for the past two and half years, Tanya continuously goes above and beyond in the care of her clients.
Our choice for December’s CAREGiver of the Month
is Gladys Y. Gladys has been with Home Instead for 4 years and continues to
make a difference in the lives of her clients. One current client, Malinda,
feels that Gladys has become such a great friend and someone she can confide
in. According to Malinda, “Gladys is a tremendous blessing to me. She is a delightful woman and does a terrific
job. She has been with me for a year and I look forward to the days she comes
and the wonderful conversations we will have. She is the perfect match for me!"
Another client’s son recently commented on the
great meals Gladys is preparing for his mom, including key lime pie! He said
his mom’s appetite is great and that she eats everything that Gladys cooks for
her. The client Lois said, "Gladys is an excellent person. I wouldn't
trade her for anything. She's a smart woman. “
Gladys is a
kind, loving person and is always looking out for her client’s best
interests. She is a valuable caregiver and we are lucky to have her!
Thank you, Gladys, for the difference you make everyday!
Our choice for CAREGiver of the Month is Rhonda B. Although Rhonda has worked for Home Instead less than a year, she has made a big impact on one client in particular, Mr. M., who is blind and has Alzheimer's. Rhonda has traveled many of the same places that Mr. M and his family have travelled. They have found common ground in talking about their travels, since Mr. M's long term memory is much better than his short-term memory. When Mr. M brings up a topic of interest from his travels, or his family history, or art, or music, he is fascinated by Rhonda's ability to research these topics on her own time or on her smart phone while she is with him. For example, Mr. M talked with Rhonda about an old favorite hymn from his years as a minister. Rhonda found the song on her smart phone and played it for him! Rhonda recognizes the importance of keeping Mr. M engaged verbally since he has lost his sight.
Rhonda exemplifies the very best of our CAREGivers. She lives Home Instead by sharing her heart, building trust and taking the lead. Thank you Rhonda for all you do to add to the quality of Mr. M's life. We're so happy you are on our team!!
Our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for July is Karen D.
For the past two years Karen has gone above and beyond to care for her clients.
According to Connie, a Client Care Coordinator, “Karen is tireless, the
‘energizer bunny’, even though she works nights at another job. She is the
queen of documentation and she really cares about her clients and communicates
with great concern.” According to a client’s daughter, “Karen is very good! She
looks for things to be done and does it without being asked. She even got the
stains off our carpet and we were going to have to replace the carpet! I am
amazed by her energy and all that she gets done!” Thank you, Karen, for all
that you do for your clients and for working so hard to help them remain at
home. We are so fortunate to have you on our team!
Janis is our choice for CAREGiver of
the Month for June. For the past 8 years our team has sang Janis’ praises not
only for the compassionate care she provides to her clients, but also because
of her tremendous communication and the regular updates she provides to the
staff and family members of each of her clients. According to one family
member, “Janis seems to have a
natural sense of understanding of the needs of elderly. Both of my in-laws were initially hesitant to have care in the
home. Janis has really made them feel comfortable and
we truly appreciate it! Initially I had inquired about reviewing notes
and working on a modified plan of care, but after speaking with Janis, I am
very comfortable with her current plan. Please send our
appreciation to Janis!” A son of another client said, “Janis is just outstanding. She knows just what to do and what to
say.” According to Darla, Lead Staffing Coordinator, “Janis is AMAZING when it
comes to her concern and care for her clients. She communicates, plans and
reports in great detail relative to the care she is providing.”
We thank you, Janis, for your
outstanding, compassionate service to each of your clients and for your
commitment to Home Instead for the past 8 years!
Betty R is our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for May. Sometimes we never know the ways that our CAREGivers touch the lives of our clients, often during the most challenging of times. Betty touches the lives of her each of her clients. It is a daughter of one client in particular that thanked us for the care Betty provided her parents. “Betty was so kind and compassionate, extremely skilled in her care and my parents loved having her with them. She was with us the night my father passed away in his home and I don’t know what we would have done without her. She was an angel in disguise helping with a million things at the same time and not only for my father, but us as a family. We will never forget her and all that she did for us. My mother fell recently and broke a rib. I called Home Instead at the last minute as we had planned to leave town to see family for the holidays and Darla was able to place Betty for the evenings right away. As always, Betty was wonderful. She gave me updates when I called each evening, and showed the same compassion and skill that she had earlier in the year when she was with my parents.” Thank you, Betty, for all you do for your clients and for the peace of mind you give to their families! We are grateful to have you on our team.
Our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for April was an easy decision. Nicole C makes a difference in the lives of her clients and their families wherever she goes. According to the wife of one client with dementia, “What a godsend Nicole has been for me and my husband. I just never knew how exhausted I was until Nicole came into our lives. She has made such a difference. I feel “alive” again and not so tired all of the time. She is always very cheerful and gives me a much-needed break so I can have some time to get away and do things for myself. Nicole even made her signature potato salad for our special neighborhood gathering and it was absolutely delicious and was devoured in a matter of minutes! She is wonderful and so good with my husband.” According to Connie, our Client Care Coordinator, “Nicole is AWESOME. She is a wonderful ambassador for Home Instead, especially regarding her work with clients in facilities. She has been complimented on her ability to build relationships with her clients and the facility at the same time.” Thank you, Nicole, for all you do to help your clients, their families and for representing Home Instead with such compassion and professionalism.
Tommy A is our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for March because of the exceptional care he provides for his clients as well as his dependability and responsiveness. According to one client’s daughter, “I am writing to let you know how pleased (understatement) my family has been with the personal care assistance provided by Tommy to our dad, Frank. Tommy is an aide sent from heaven at just the right time. He has performed every task needed and has anticipated needs before things went wrong. He helped facilitate Dad’s move to a retirement center and has coordinated many health care trips and other services. Tommy’s personality has been an extra benefit; he works so well with someone with low-level dementia. All I can say is that Tommy is an excellent worker, he is dependable, uses good judgment, communicates very well and he is always willing to do what is needed. Thank you Home Instead and thank you Tommy!” Congratulations Tommy for all you do for your clients and for being such an important member of our team!
Dekeyta is our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for February because she goes above and beyond. According to one of Dekeyta’s clients, Mary M: “The exceptional care I receive is just amazing. I know because I ran a business for many years and to have service and support of this caliber and for it to be so consistent is just unheard of. I’m pleased beyond my imaginings.” On another occasion Dekeyta stepped in to take care of one of her clients during her scheduled time off with out of town family so that her client would not be stressed in meeting a new CAREGiver. Thank you, Dekeyta, for your loyalty to your clients and for providing exceptional service. You are the heart of Home Instead!
Melody B. is our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for November. According to Client Care Manager, Karen, “Melody can come into any situation and take charge in a kind way and convey to the client her competency and compassion.” Staffing Coordinator, K’Nesha says Melody demonstrates her CAREGiver’s heart repeatedly, and has allowed the wife of one client in particular the opportunity to rest when Melody is there to care for her husband. The daughter of Mr. & Mrs. H said that Melody is efficient and gentle with both her mother and father. On several occasions, Melody has risen as the leader of a team of CAREGivers. Her gentle but firm nature encourages other CAREGivers and family members go to her for advice, support and encouragement. Thank you, Melody, for all you do for your clients and for Living Home Instead…for Sharing Your Heart, Building Trust and Taking the Lead!
Doris is our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for October. She is a true example of what a Home Instead Caregiver is and goes above and beyond in her role every day. Following her time with a client 3 days a week, Doris spends the remainder of her days working with special needs children. She does it because it is in her heart to care for others and she loves her client so much! She says there is nothing else in the world that she would rather be doing than helping others. According to a client’s daughter, "Doris is a keeper. She has the best personality and is a true self starter. She goes above and beyond and is unbelievable in her drive to not only accomplish things but do them well. She and my parents have a beautiful relationship and she was able to build a genuine relationship of trust from the very beginning. She has built a friendship with my mom and her ability to ease my mom's anxiety is extraordinary. She deserves all of the best this world has to offer. You need to clone her!" Thank you Doris for making a difference in the lives of those you care for. We are so fortunate to have you on our team!
Dot K is our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for August. Dot has been with Home Instead Charlotte for 9 years and has worked over 13,000 hours serving her clients. Her compassionate care was recently acknowledged by one of her clients, Mrs. B., who said this about Dot, “It's difficult to summarize all that Dot does for me and who she is to me. Having her around is like having a member of my family with me." According Mrs. B.’s daughter, "From our perspective we are just thrilled to pieces that we can go about our lives and take care of what we need to all the while knowing that we have somebody as dependable and as wonderful as Dot to be with Mom and give us peace of mind." Thank you Dot for all you do for all of your clients and Home Instead!
Our CAREGiver of the Month for July is Paulette H. The staff at Home Instead Charlotte agrees that CAREGiver Paulette has an excellent personality and is always friendly and courteous. She does an outstanding job with all of her clients. According to Mr. A’s daughter, Brenda, when Paulette is with her Dad, he is in good hands and she does not have to worry. Brenda says, “My father now receives excellent care from another God Send, Mrs. Paulette H. Paulette has worked with my father off and on over the past couple of years. In January 2014 she became my father’s primary caregiver. We have found Paulette to be a very hard worker, who is professional, fun, and takes much pride in her work. She takes excellent care of my father, keeps him talking, and puts a smile on his face daily. What more could you ask for? I would like to thank Mrs. H for the wonderful care she provides for my father as she is an example of what ever caregiver should be.”
Denise is our CAREGiver of the Month for June. Denise has spent 2,755 hours caring for her one client -since February 2012! The client’s son said, “Denise is exceptional. She is so lovable and sweet to my mother. We adore her and don’t know what we would do without her. She is always early and has NEVER been late not a single day to her shift. She is as reliable as the sun coming up. I don’t think she has ever called out for a shift. She always has a positive, upbeat attitude and we are thankful to have her!” Thank you, Denise, for your professionalism and the compassion you bring to your client everyday!
Rosemary Howell joined Home Instead 15 months ago. She has been a dedicated and loyal CAREGiver to Client B. Client B said, “Rosemary is so special, so conscientious and just all around excellent. She deserves a medal”. Rosemary Howell continuously goes above and beyond for Client B --- Client just loves Rosemary and feels she’s an exceptional woman and now her friend. Rosemary is honest, truthful and makes the client feel very special. Office Staff at Home Instead also appreciates Rosemary’s ability to communicate. She always keeps the office informed and continuously gives update on her client. We appreciate your good kind nature and pleasant attitude. Thank you Rosemary, for all you do!
Anita R. is our choice for CAREGiver of the Month for January. Anita has been with Home Instead for 14 months and is currently working with 3 clients who are all happy with the care she provides. Recently, one of Anita’s clients was diagnosed with a melanoma and is undergoing radiation treatments. Anita took a proactive approach and asked one of our RN’s for advice on how she could care for her effectively. According to one of our schedulers, “Anita is awesome. I know that if I schedule her with a client, everything will go smoothly. She just has a way about her…she is sweet, compassionate and excellent in communicating to the office.” Thank you, Anita, for all you do for your clients and Home Instead.
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