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.
Nearly three years ago, Molly was on her way to the local YMCA when she stopped by Home Instead Cedarburg to pick up a job application. She was interviewed on the spot and attended orientation the next day!
What Love (v) means to her: She believes that Love (v) is to treat others as you would like to be treated. She added, “It’s always going above and beyond to make sure their needs have been met.”
Attribute(s) of Love (v) she demonstrates: Molly believes that Selflessness best describes the care she provides for seniors. She commented, “I will do anything for my clients,” and that has become her personal mantra.
Most memorable experience at Home Instead: During the recent Polar Vortex, Molly had the privilege of spending five days with her client. While the weather outside was frightful, the two made the most of the opportunity indoors and bonded even closer. The client’s entire family embraces Molly and really makes her feel part of the family.
Free time: Molly enjoys making greeting cards.
Why she decided to join Home Instead: Kari had been a caregiver previously and had grown to miss the meaningful connections and daily interactions with clients.
What Love (v) means to her: "It’s something that comes from within you; if you don’t have it, then you won’t succeed as a CAREGiver."
Attribute of Love (v) she demonstrates: Kari feels that Patience is an integral part of her everyday life and how she treats her clients. She stated, “You must be patient when working with the elderly. You have to respect how they live their lives and simply refrain from rushing things along.”
Kari spoke those words from experience, as she recalled meeting initial resistance from one of her clients. Kari, despite initial worries over how she’d overcome the challenge, told the gentleman to give her a chance — and that, if he did, he might enjoy her cooking. In the end, Kari’s cooking turned him around. Today, the client looks forward to Kari’s visits, even anticipates assisting with one of his favorite meals.
What makes her a great CAREGiver: Alice had taken care of her younger sister, who sadly passed away. That unfortunate event brought out Alice’s inner caregiver and led her on a path to helping others. She noted, “It was such an awesome feeling to take care of someone else.” Alice then joined the Home Instead team in August 2017.
Alice’s most memorable experience at Home Instead was the time spent with a former client. She paid a tearful goodbye to the client and client’s daughter the day before the client entered a nursing home. They had forged such a powerful bond that it was so hard for them to say goodbye.
What Love (v) means to her: Alice believes that Love (v) means to put our Attributes into action and living them in our daily lives.
Love (v) Attribute she demonstrates: Alice embodies all eight of our Attributes, but it’s her Kindness that stands out most. Ever humble, Alice said that she treats all her clients with kindness, regardless of the circumstances. Her advice? “You must be kind. Always.”
Free time: In her personal life, Alice enjoys teaching aerobics at the Milwaukee Public School Community Center, something she has done for the past 18 years.
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