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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. 

Home Instead, Inc.​ 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.

Kimberly Yurasko

​CAREGiver of the Month


Kathy Baran

Kathy Baran

CAREGiver of the Quarter - Cheryl Schuster

CAREGiver of the Quarter - Cheryl Schuster

​On July 3rd, seven years ago, Cheryl joined our Home Instead Senior Care family. We are amazed with her dedication! She always considers helping out when the office calls her and is incredibly polite on the phone. She is so patient and will take on difficult clients while never complaining. We have seen the most challenging client's quality of life improve while in her care. During her time, she has worked with 18 different clients, ensuring that each feel her genuine love and concern for them.

All of us at Home Instead are grateful for CAREGivers like Cheryl and so happy she is apart of our team! Congratulations, from all of us!


May 2015 CAREGiver of the Month - Sue Pearson

May 2015 CAREGiver of the Month - Sue Pearson

​All of us at Home Instead want to congratulate Sue Pearson, our CAREGiver of the Month for May.  Sue is really passionate about the seniors in her care, a care that shows through.

"She really lives Home Instead," owner Dianne Cunningham said, "and embodies what's best about our CAREGivers. She's dedicated and dependable. She loves talking with our seniors and learning more about who they are and what they've achieved."

Congratulations Sue Pearson, our Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver of the Month!


Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver of the Quarter

Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver of the Quarter

​We want to congratulate Bonnie Brandt, the Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver of the Quarter for Erie! Bonnie has persevered through personal health issues and doesn't miss a beat in providing care. Her client's family couldn't be happier.

"Most of the family is in Rhode Island and I work a lot," the client's daughter told us. "Bonnie is really the only family Mom has day to day."

Her certificate was presented at the Home Instead Erie March CAREGiver's meeting by Director of Client Care Darcy Rees. Bonnie, holding the acknowledgement, is later joined by Director of Operations Lori White. It's people like Bonnie who make Home Instead the company it is.
 
CONGRATULATIONS Bonnie!


April 2015 - Linda Burroughs

April 2015 - Linda Burroughs

​Home Instead Senior Care Erie is proud to announce that Linda Burroughs has been named our CAREGiver of the Month for April 2015!

 According to our director of operations, Lori White, Linda has a rare gift of easing the concerns of the seniors in her care.

 "Linda is awesome," Lori told us. "She is extremely dependable and handles any issues her seniors may have. She is definitely deserving."

 So congratulations to Linda Burroughs, our April CAREGiver of the Month!


February 2015 - Bonnie Brandt

February 2015 - Bonnie Brandt

​Home Instead of Erie is pleased to present your February CAREGiver of the Month, Bonnie Brandt! Bonnie tearfully accepted her trophy and present given by excited staff members in the Home Instead lobby. She told us it made her day. 

Bonnie loves making the day for her clients, too. Despite fighting very serious health issues, Bonnie hasn't missed a beat with her care. Bonnie arrives at her assignments with a smile on her face and a willing attitude to make her clients' lives better, even on days when treatments leave her weakened or tired. 

"She is a hard worker who has never failed in going over and above in meeting client needs, no matter how she is feeling herself," explained Dianne Cunningham, HISC owner. "She is a true inspiration."

We adore Bonnie and appreciate her devotion to all of us at Home Instead. With all of our hearts we say, "Congratulations and well done!"


January 2015 - Stacey McClarin

January 2015 - Stacey McClarin

​January 2015 CAREGiver of the Month is...

Stacey McClarin!  Stacy started with Home Instead in October 2013 and has been a dependable, hard working, compassionate member of the share care home team ever since.  She has worked 2,568 hours and was so excited to receive the award!  She came into the office, not knowing the surprise that was waiting for her as she entered...all available staff members were waiting to greet her and give her big hugs! 

Stacey's  personal relationships with her clients truly make a remarkable difference in their lives.  She provides thorough, comprehensive care and her personal care skills are second-to-none!

Sincere congratulations and thanks, Stacey!


Maggie Deane

Maggie Deane

Maggie Deane Named CAREGiver of the Year

 As one of the youngest members of the Home Instead, Erie, team, Maggie Deane has enhanced the lives of a client's family to such a dramatic extent, she was named our 2014 CAREGiver of the Year.

 According to Dr. Bill Makarowski, Maggie's client since early 2013, "Knowing that I have a seizure disorder and brain cancer has left me with many moments of despair. Not being allowed to drive an automobile or return to work has definitely had a major impact on the life as I know it. Many would say that I'm worse off now than I was before all of the events of the past year transpired.

 "But, what do "they" know? Without those changes, I never would have met Maggie. She is a caregiver employed by Home Instead. Her giving care comes from her heart not because it's her job title. She is kind and gentle most of the time. When necessary, however, she gives me enough of a kick that motivates me to move forward.

 "My family and I feel very blessed to have had Maggie become a big part of our lives. She has a genuine sparkle in her personality that provides a fresh beacon of sunshine every day that she is with me. No day can ever stay gray in her presence."

 If you attended the annual Holiday CAREGiver Party recently, you witnessed the announcement of this award. The emotion at the time of announcement as Maggie witnessed her entire family along with the Makarowski's family coming through the doors shouting, "Maggie Deane, Maggie Deane!" could only be surpassed by the letters read aloud by Dianne Cunningham, HISC owner and Bill Makarowski, as each shared why they believed Maggie deserved the CAREGiver of the Year award.

 CAREGivers who were present at the party said over and over how bowled over with emotion they were with Maggie's caregiver story. According to one, "This is a story that will be hard to beat as CAREGiver of the Year. It is a remarkable relationship. Even the client's (12 year old) grandson told of how Maggie helped he and his grandpa (Bill) be closer. I cried through the whole thing!"

 Our sincere appreciation to Maggie for her compassion and dedication. We are also grateful to Bill and his family for having the courage to tell their personal story in an effort to shine a light on Maggie. What a gift! What a match! What a story!


Deborah Goodwin

Deborah Goodwin

​Deborah Goodwin Named CAREGiver of the Month

"I am privileged to work for such a great company. I hope to always make you proud," exclaimed Debra Goodwin when she was congratulated as October's Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver of the Month. Debra, who has worked for the HISC since Feb. 2, 2012, has developed loving relationships s with her clients, always displaying a sunny disposition. Her positive attitude spills over to her clients as she is also caregiving for a family member. Debbie truly understands what family caregivers go through, both emotionally and physically.

According to Lori White, director of operations, "What I love about Deb is that she does go about her professional caregiving in the same manner as she provides support and care to her own family member-with a can-do attitude and desire to please. She is always the bright spot in her clients' lives!"


Barbara Khayami

Barbara Khayami

​Meet our CAREGiver of the Month for August, Barbara Khayami. Barbara has been with Home Instead Senior Care since April 2012. She was chosen as our CAREGiver of the Month, because she provides “seamless” care for her many clients. She builds trust with her clients and their families in a way that exemplifies the high standards of Home Instead. She has shared her heart, her passion for caregiving and as a result, those she cares for absolutely adore her.


Kathy Baran

Kathy Baran

Kathy joined our Home Instead Senior Care family in March of 2009.  Since that time she has serviced over 44 clients.


Kathy has a knack for becoming a part of the family for those she helps.  She is a vital part of Changing the Face of Aging for her clients.  She becomes the daughter, the friend, and the knowledge that these families depend upon to keep their loved ones at home.
 

As for the office, Kathy always keeps us up to date on any changes with her clients.  She is also a "go to" CAREGiver.  Thanks you for all you do Kathy,  We are blessed to have you as a part of our family.


Carol Ashton

Carol Ashton

​Carol Ashton joined our Home Instead Family in May 2003.  Since that time Carol was a CAREGiver of the Quarter and also a CAREGiver of the year.  She recently celebrated 10 years and over 12,800 service hours.  Pictured with her is Carol's client and friend Columbia V.


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