Home Instead recognizes outstanding CAREGivers who demonstrate the
Attributes of Love (v). This program inspires CAREGivers to strive for excellence, and it rewards CAREGivers for their hard work, compassionate care and dedicated service to others.
On an annual basis, we select a CAREGiver of the Year and celebrate him/her at a special reception at our office. Our CAREGiver of the Year is also presented to our corporate headquarters in Omaha, Neb., as a nominee for the national award — The Mary Steibel CAREGiverSM of the Year Award.
Peggy will celebrate 17 years with us later this summer. In that time, Peggy has amassed experiences that have helped her learn and grow. She has learned that, when applying Love (v), one really needs to embrace all eight Attributes of Love (v) in order to understand what it takes to be a CAREGiver. In her 17 years of caregiving, she has also developed strong relationships with her clients; in fact, she said that her clients feel like family to her. At the end of the day, she cannot simply go home and “shut off” caregiving; her clients are always on her mind. And to Peggy, that’s what Love (v) is all about: creating a special bond between client and CAREGiver.
In her free time, Peggy loves to be outdoors, especially in the summer. She also enjoys time spent with her grandchildren and family.
A CAREGiver for nearly nine years and with the same client for eight, Lynette joined the Home Instead family because she liked the idea of meeting new people and helping seniors stay in their homes. In fact, the word “home” resonated with her then — conveying a sense of warmth — and it still resonates today.
When providing care, Lynette clings to the Attribute of Patience. She tries putting herself in her client’s situation, asking herself, “What if this were me? How would I want to be treated?” And so Lynette applies Love (v) in her words and actions because, to her, it means caring for someone with deep compassion, respect and care.
In Lynette’s free time, she loves to bake, walk, crochet and spend quality time with her family.
Susan came to Home Instead three years ago, after having cared for her mother-in-law. And that prior experience has definitely shaped Susan into an amazing CAREGiver for us. In her caregiving, she believes that our Attributes of Patience and Respectfulness best summarize her approach with her clients. In fact, some of her most memorable Home Instead moments are listening to her clients' stories; she said it is like reading from a history book. When asked what Love (v) means to her, Susan said, "It means being selfless and always giving of yourself. It means doing whatever you can to make your clients' lives better."
In her free time, Susan enjoys sewing, reading, and spending time with friends and her children.
Now with Home Instead for a full year, Loran joined Home Instead to get a fresh start and begin a new chapter in life. She had already enjoyed working with people and families, so she was sure that Home Instead would be a great fit.
In the past year, Loran has come to appreciate the role that Love (v) has on caregiving. She said that Love (v) means “supporting and being there for clients, as well as understanding their needs.”
She added that a caregiver must be patient, kind and, above all, loving because the client becomes a part of your “family.” In fact, her most memorable Home Instead moment is when a client said that Loran was like family to her.
In her free time, Loran enjoys spending time with her family, including her girls and grandson. Together, they take Sunday drives and explore places they have never seen.