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A tradition of great caregiving means that we take care of our own as well as we take care 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:​

CAREGiver of the Month- Sedeana

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Sedeana Has Been Through the Storms, Keeps Sunny Outlook


It is easy to see why Sedeana is CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior Care® of Metairie. She radiates a warm, positive attitude that resonates with clients. "She's just an all-around great CAREGiver," CAREGiver Development Specialist Fay Kelting said.

Sedeana paints a word picture while describing her perpetually optimistic outlook: "I don't want to live downstairs – I want to spend all of my time upstairs where the sun shines brightest." She added, "At 51, I have a solid perspective of life, and I don't dwell on negatives. I take everything as it comes and live the best life I can." Sedeana's pithy observations provide an insight to a unique life well lived and why clients and their families embrace her:

  • "In addition to being a CAREGiver, I work in private security. I always have had two jobs. That way, I never get old. I just get better. Even at home, life is nonstop."

  • "I will never be rich monetarily, and knowing that, I am doing something I love."

  • "Before Hurricane Katrina in 2005, I had a job I hated. I told myself: 'Never again will I stay with a job I hate. Life is too short. You've got to live your life to the fullest and treat people to the best of your ability. I smile when a client says, 'You're the one I want.' "
     
  • "I have patience with all clients. I told one client it is OK to be 'down.' As a CAREGiver who always reaches out to help, I ask only that the client also try to pull himself up emotionally if it is possible. It is a joint effort. Together, we can make a better day."
     
  • "I don't host pity parties. I believe in optimism, humor and fun. I had enough of the understandable pity parties when I went through Katrina. Since then, I no longer sweat the small stuff. And I celebrate every little triumph such as seeing a client up and moving on a walker for the first time in five months, watching him stretch that 6-foot frame."

Just six weeks ago – nearly 11 years after Hurricane Katrina – Sedeana finally moved back into her home. Staying behind during the 2005 megastorm, Sedeana was plucked off a rooftop and arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, about 10 days later. She remained for three years there before returning in June 2008. "It is true what they say about New Orleans always being your home in your heart," said Sedeana, who worked with the developmentally handicapped in South Carolina. 

Before Katrina, Sedeana worked for nearly 23 years at jobs that helped many different groups of people, including seniors. She earned her CNA license in 1996, and Sedeana also graduated with a criminal justice degree from Southern University in 2011. She easily recalls when she was hired at Home Instead Senior Care in March 2014 after she saw a TV commercial.

"I was under the weather when I interviewed with Christian Rabito on a Tuesday. I was hired and went through orientation on a Thursday morning. They called me Thursday night and wondered if I wanted to take a challenging client the next day. I said, 'I will, and I will always give 100 percent.' I've done that with every job I've had," Sedeana said.  

"I've had my share of hard, stressful jobs over the years. Working for Home Instead Senior Care is what I want, where it is one-on-one assistance and helping someone who wants to remain in his home. The hard part is watching the decline in the clients' health and the deaths. I never forget my former clients. They were never, ever a paycheck to me. They were friends." ​

All Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about employment, please call 504-455-4911 or apply online. For further information about Home Instead Senior Care, visit our website.

 



CAREGiver of the Month- Diane

CAREGiver of the Month- Diane

It has been nearly three years since Diane was first honored as CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior Care® of Metairie.

Diane has had two regular clients since that time, and she has the same all-in enthusiasm for her job that she had when she joined Home Instead Senior Care April 2, 2012, after a 30-year career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) who worked in hospitals and senior-care facilities.

 CAREGiver Development Specialist Fay Kelting was short and sweet while sharing her superlative for Diane, saying: "She is just a great and dependable CAREGiver."

To Diane, it's personal.

 "I believe in treating clients like they are my own family. For example, my father is 89 years old, which is the same age as both of my regular clients," Diane said. "In addition, my faith plays a role in how I approach my job. I am a Christian, and I love one of our company's core values 'to honor God in all that we do.' "

 Asked what she likes most about her job, Diane said: "I worked as an LPN for a good while and when I was ready for a change from the nursing-home job environment, Home Instead Senior Care valued my experience and gave me the opportunity to work one-on-one with seniors and help them stay in their homes and maintain their independence. I really love the fact that Home Instead Senior Care matches clients with the right CAREGiver and vice versa."

Describing her work, Diane said: "I have one male client for whom I cook, drive to doctors' appointments and provide light housekeeping. I also work to ensure his safety for ambulation and provide companionship. I have a female client whose eyesight has been adversely affected by macular degeneration, and she also uses with a walker. She loves to be on the go, so I drive her everywhere, including trips to the grocery store, the bank, doctor's appointments and visits with friends."

 Diane added: "I recently took a Home Instead class about diseases of the elderly. It was very informative about what happens to our body as we age. I look forward to taking a cooking class that is in the planning stages. The continuing education is a plus."

 When describing the award-winning franchise where Lisa Rabito is the owner, the Kenner resident sees positives all the way around.

 "Home Instead Senior Care is a great company for which to work. I love my job, and I love Home Instead. It's wonderful to be appreciated with this CAREGiver of the Month award. I would love to stay with Home Instead until I retire," Diane said.

CAREGiver of the Month - Vanessa

CAREGiver of the Month - Vanessa

CAREGiver of the Month Vanessa jumped into action when a 93-year-old client abruptly decided to leave the house one day, something she had never done before.

"She must have awoken during some kind of strange, life-like dream," Vanessa said, "because as she went to the door dressed strangely, she told me, 'I have to go home.' It was a first for this."

Vanessa calmly told her client in a low tone, "but honey, you are home." As the client insisted she needed to walk to a long-ago home on Fig Street, about a 40-minute car drive away, Vanessa blocked the door, thought quickly and said, "But your sister is here. You don't want to leave your dear sister, do you?" As she stopped, Vanessa gently guided the client to her sister's bedroom. The award-winning CAREGiver for Home Instead Senior Care® of Metairie had won.

Vanessa, a member of a 24/7 CAREGiver team that assists the two sisters, took the initiative to prevent a possible repeat by calling the sisters' power of attorney, who acted quickly and installed high door locks to ensure the clients' safety. "They are really good clients who are really sweet, and this happened only once. But I am glad I was there when she tried to leave, and I am glad her sister was resting. If she had gotten outside while a CAREGiver was helping her 92-year-old sister, it might have turned into a difficult situation."

CAREGiver Development Specialist Fay Kelting said Vanessa's quick thinking and follow-up with the client are examples of her poise and wisdom.  "From the get-go in the nine months since she has started," Fay said, "Vanessa has been an exceptional CAREGiver. She is so willing to help her clients and goes to great lengths to do whatever it takes – you name it. She is exceptionally reliable and dependable, and has sweet personality."

Vanessa, who helps her mother and her autistic brother, loves working with seniors, and she has been helping people "for a long time." "Helping people is in my heart. I previously owned a personal-care agency and also later worked with the mentally challenged, and I loved working with them," Vanessa said. "Clients are like family to me. I find myself worrying about them when I am home, but I know they are in good hands. At the end of the day, they are 93 and 92, and my concern for them is always there. I have called them on my day off for a grocery list. When I am shopping on my own time, I find myself picking out some articles of clothing that I know they need. It is in my heart." ​

All Home Instead CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about employment, please call 504-455-4911 or apply online. For further information about Home Instead Senior Care, visit our website.

 


CAREGiver of the Month - Godwin

CAREGiver of the Month - Godwin

If Godwin's interaction with his clients is any predictor of his future bedside manner when he becomes a cardiologist, the CAREGiver of the Month will be a highly sought-after doctor wherever he practices medicine.

"Godwin is a remarkable young man," said Fay Kelting, CAREGiver development specialist for Home Instead Senior Care® of Metairie. "The clients are so appreciative of him, and he is a great CAREGiver who is requested often. He is an awesome and very inspiring person."

Godwin, who joined owner Lisa Rabito's franchise in Aug. 8, 2014, after an online job search, is pursuing a position in medical residency. "I eventually will leave Home Instead Senior Care to pursue my dream of being a cardiologist. When that day comes, I will miss the people at Home Instead Senior Care and the clients."

In the meantime, Godwin is enjoying himself as an in-home senior-care specialist who delights in finding unique ways to assist his clients, even those who have been a challenge. "I am a Christian and hold dearly to the biblical injunction to care for the sick, the weak and the less fortunate among us. It is from this perspective I do my job as a CAREGiver," Godwin said. 

"I like to connect with my clients on a more personal level. I try to understand their unique situations and tailor my care and interactions to suit their particular situations. One client has been more challenging for others to help, but I have been able to connect with him on a deeper level and have been able to help him."

One of Godwin's clients was confined to his bed after a workplace accident rendered him paralyzed. "At the time I met him," Godwin explained, "he seemed depressed, and I felt quite concerned for him. Over the course of several weekends while working with him, he started cheering up and looking forward to life again. I was able to connect with him by going well above and beyond what others had done for him. With my background, I could understand his situation and react in the best ways possible in accordance to our parameters as CAREGivers."

There is no doubt, Godwin said, that working for Home Instead Senior Care has been fulfilling. "This position gives me an opportunity to work with seniors and the vulnerable populations.

The staff and people at Home Instead Senior Care are some of the most wonderful people I have met in a job environment," Godwin said.

"The Home Instead office staff members sincerely care about their clients and co-workers, and provide the necessary training and support to help their CAREGivers do their jobs better. They have assisted me with a convenient schedule and even helped with transportation options. To repeat for emphasis, I'd like everyone to know Home Instead cares about their CAREGivers as much as they care about the clients. It is a wonderful work environment."

​All Home Instead CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about employment, please call 504-455-4911 or apply online. For further information about Home Instead Senior Care, visit our website.


CAREgiver of the Month - Ernestine

CAREgiver of the Month - Ernestine

A smiling CAREGiver of the Month Ernestine could not suppress her endearing chuckle when she heard that her client and the client’s daughter had hatched a plan involving all three in a move to Denver next summer. That’s what happens when a compassionate and highly skilled CAREGiver develops deep relationships – folks don’t want to lose them. Read more about Ernestine at https://www.homeinstead.com/339/blog/client-daughter-credit-ernestine-for-key-role-in-recovery


CAREGiver of the Month - Carolyn

CAREGiver of the Month - Carolyn

CAREGiver of the Month Carolyn always has a song in her heart, and she uses those tunes to help her client while working for Home Instead Senior Care® of Metairie.

 

It is fitting for Carolyn and her client that one of their favorite songs is “Blessed Assurance,” because that is what Carolyn embodies for the client, who has dementia. “She used to play the piano, so I brought my hymn book from home and we do singing and music exercises,” Carolyn said. “Sometimes I intentionally mess up a stanza, and she helps me get in tune. It is a good way to help get her mind working, and she enjoys it.

Read more about Carolyn at https://www.homeinstead.com/339/blog/carolyn-tunes-into-helping-client


CAREGiver of the Month - Annie

CAREGiver of the Month - Annie

​Hours after Annie offered her evening prayers and went to bed, God sent a stunningly powerful and vivid dream to the successful career businesswoman. Annie saw herself gritting her teeth and tightly clutching the front railing of her house with both hands as surging floodwater swept over her head while heavy rain pelted down and a horribly strong wind howled. As thousands of New Orleans residents later experienced, it was a scene straight out of hell.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Jannie

CAREGiver of the Month - Jannie

​Award-winning CAREGiver Jannie is driven by the compulsion to do right. That’s how she explains her affinity for taking care of the elderly. To relates how she gets her strength, energy and resolve to deal with her challenges, Jannie points to her favorite Bible verses, Psalms 121:1-2 and Proverbs 3:5-6. The words, committed to memory, flow easily off her lips.

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CAREGiver of the Year - Vera

CAREGiver of the Year - Vera

​The Vera Brooks stories are too numerous to be completely documented. Several of them – both funny and serious – about the CAREGiver of the Year are so rich that it’s too hard to resist retelling.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Carlolice

CAREGiver of the Month - Carlolice

​CAREGiver of the Month Carlolice answered an urgent call as an overnight fill-in on a Friday evening, and the episode generated a heartwarming story that reflected the strong, faithful character of the Home Instead Senior Care® employee.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Stanley

CAREGiver of the Month - Stanley

​Award-winning CAREGiver Stanley doesn’t panic. Clients and their families, folks who depend on him and the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, love Stanley’s reassuring demeanor and are comforted by his uncommon wisdom.

Most of them don’t know what Stanley’s been through. At 35, he already has seen more than most people experience in an entire lifetime.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Keischelle

CAREGiver of the Month - Keischelle

​Credit award-winning CAREGiver Keischelle’s quick thinking during an overnight shift when she took an unusual step to comfort an Alzheimer’s client who awoke during the evening confused, disoriented and distraught. READ MORE...


CAREGiver of the Month - Angela

CAREGiver of the Month - Angela

​Faith is so much a part of award-winning CAREGiver Angela’s life that it’s no surprise she was in church when she first became acquainted with the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise in Metairie that serves New Orleans and Jefferson Parish​ READ MORE​


CAREGiver of the Month - Art

CAREGiver of the Month - Art

​It’s not surprising that award-winning CAREGiver Art’s philosophy lines up with that of St. Francis of Assisi. Working for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise in Metairie that serves New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, Art said his faith “does very definitely” play a role in his job.​ READ MORE


CAREGiver of the Month - Courtney

CAREGiver of the Month - Courtney

​When someone kidded Courtney, telling her that she’d be famous on social media because she was the CAREGiver of the Month, Courtney chuckled and said, “I think I already am famous with clients who have come my way by assignment from Home Instead Senior Care®. That’s all that matters to me.” ​READ MORE


CAREGiver of the Month - Diane

CAREGiver of the Month - Diane

​Award-winning CAREGiverSM Diane had a front-row seat for an intimate view of a love story that culminated exactly as most couples idealistically proclaim in their wedding vows, “in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish until death do us part.”​ READ MORE


CAREGiver of the Month - Elizabeth

CAREGiver of the Month - Elizabeth

​Elizabeth already has a family. But she has been grafted into another one as an award-winning CAREGiverSM at Home Instead Senior Care® of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.​ READ MORE


CAREGiver of the Month - Tracy

CAREGiver of the Month - Tracy

​Nestled between the Zephyrs baseball stadium and Victory Fellowship Church just south of Airline Drive in Metairie is the New Orleans Saints headquarters and practice facility.​ READ MORE


CAREGiver of the Year - Roy

CAREGiver of the Year - Roy

​Imagine being a family caregiver living in northern Virginia more than 1,000 miles from an elderly father in Metairie. By car, that’s nearly an 18-hour drive, and by commercial airliner, it’s about a three-hour flight after a 70-minute drive to the airport. So many long-distance family caregivers can relate.​ READ MORE​


CAREGiver of the Month - Madina

 CAREGiver of the Month - Madina

​Oh, the stories. From tales about old girlfriends to card games, award-winning CAREGiver Madina probably has heard it all. 

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CAREGiver of the Month - Pastor Joe

 CAREGiver of the Month - Pastor Joe

​Joe is happy to stand in the gap for those who need help with keeping their senior loves ones in their homes.​ READ MORE


CAREGiver of the Month - Gillis

 CAREGiver of the Month - Gillis

​Spend a little time with award-winning CAREGiver Gillis, and it isn’t difficult to see the source of her inspiration, a power that spurs her to care for others.​ READ MORE​​


CAREGiver of the Month - Joe

 CAREGiver of the Month - Joe

​At 71, Joe is done with the staid stuff in life. He just wants to help people, help them stay in their homes and help them enjoy life.​

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CAREGiver of the Month - Lynn

 CAREGiver of the Month - Lynn

​Award-winning CAREGiver Lynn intently kept up on the LSU Tigers, the New Orleans Saints and politics – although not necessarily in that order – for a 91-year-old client who had Alzheimer’s disease and loved to talk about such things. Some of their talks went much personal and deeper, too, which was evidence of a strong bond between them​. READ MORE


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