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LoisCurrierCGOTY.jpg2017 CAREGiver of the Year
Lois Currier

The perfect photo to match with the Home Instead Senior Care® principles of "Build Trust, Take the Lead and Share Your Heart" would be that of Lois Currier, the CAREGiver of the Year for the award-winning franchise in Statesville that serves Iredell and Alexander Counties.

For as long as Lois can remember, she has had a huge, compassionate heart for those afflicted by dementia, whether they were family members or Home Instead Senior Care clients. The care is as truly varied – sometimes from day to day – as the clients themselves, and Lois finds a way to comfort and assist each one while fitting into their worlds. Lois' Full Story...

May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Tonya

May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Tonya

CAREGiver of the Month Tonya Beam was helping her client get dressed following a shower last December. Filled with a deep appreciation for Tonya’s assistance, the 83-year-old widow spontaneously put her arms around Tonya and said, “Tonya, I love you so much!” During the emotional moment, tears filled both women’s eyes. Tonya recalled, “It made my heart so full.” Read more...


April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Gloria

April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Gloria

Gloria heard about Home Instead Senior Care of Statesville and Mooresville from a friend of her daughter who had worked part time as a CAREGiver. Early in her career, Gloria became a CNA and worked for a couple of years at an assisted living community in her native state of Michigan. As a family caregiver, Gloria and a sister helped their mother before she passed away. Among other jobs, Gloria worked as a private-duty caregiver and for an agency before taking a fulltime school district job in Statesville. She retired from the school district in 2014, and Gloria wanted one last caregiver job that offered part-time hours. Read more...


March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Arleen

March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Arleen

Asked what she likes about Home Instead Senior Care, Arleen said, “I think they have good hours and clients for me. I have three regular clients now, having lost a gentleman in January. I really liked him – he was quiet, and so am I. We enjoyed the cops shows. He was glad to have someone with him who liked the same thing. He and his wife were nice, friendly people, very kind and accepting.” Read more...


January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Cathy

January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Cathy

Cathy is a night-time CAREGiver at her own request because she is a daytime family caregiver for two granddaughters.  “I was taking care of grandchildren but needed to get back to work, so I was looking for a night job that offered flexibility. I saw an ad for Home Instead Senior Care, applied and Creighton Gibson gave me a chance. I am grateful for that,” said Cathy, who previously had worked in finance her entire life. Read more...


December 2017 CAREGIver of the Month - Tammy

December 2017 CAREGIver of the Month - Tammy

Tammy sought her Home Instead Senior Care position on the word of a registered nurse friend who had joined the Home Instead office staff. Tammy explained: “I was working as a private-duty caregiver, and my client died. My friend was impressed with Home Instead and told me, ‘You ought to go apply. It’s a good place.’ She was right. I like my job.” Read more...


November 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Lois

November 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Lois

For one dementia client, a former high school principal, Lois takes on the persona of a schoolteacher who assists her client late in the afternoon when he worries about students who need transportation to return home. “He thinks I am a schoolteacher who is helping him. I just go along with what he’s experiencing. I never tell him I am not a teacher. I just imagine with him,” said Lois, who has been assisting the client for the past two years. Read more...


September 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Darla

September 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Darla

Darla has assisted her current regular client for the past seven years. “I am the only regular CAREGiver he’s had,” said Darla, referring to the 93-year-old widower. “His wife was a client first. She had Parkinson’s and dementia, and she went to a nursing home. One day when I was looking in on her, she talked for the first time in a long while and told me, ‘You must take me home right now.’ I sensed that’s where she wanted to spend her final days, so I told her daughters, and they made it happen. A week later, she passed away. My client and I talk about his late wife quite often.” Read more...


August 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Brenda H.

August 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Brenda H.

When asked if she had any words of wisdom for those who have lost adult parents, Brenda sighed and said, “I really don’t have answers that generally cover everybody’s situation because they are all different. What I can tell you is that I am trying to keep busy as a Home Instead CAREGiver. I have always tried my hardest to help my clients and take good care of them.” Read more...


July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Ruthann

July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Ruthann

Medical-field work was an asset for Ruthann, but the Home Instead Senior Care staff uncovered an even more important reason for Ruthann’s desire to help others. Her background included a tragic family caregiving experience that began when Ruthann was a teenager. “Dad died after a one-year battle with cancer. Mom and I took care of Dad in our home the entire time, and he passed away when I was 16,” Ruthann recalled. Read more...


Julie - June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Julie - June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Julie never intended to work in senior care. “I have a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University and worked as a community life editor in Cleveland until the mid-1990s, when I decided to switch careers. Because of what happened with my mom, I wanted to earn a degree in social work with an eye to advising people about senior care. So, I resigned from the newspaper and found a job as support staff with a non-profit called Care Alliance. Read more...


Laurie - May 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Laurie - May 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

As the expression goes, the Good Lord works in mysterious ways. The first of several steps toward seeing answered prayer came when an uncle of Laurie’s husband encouraged her to apply at Home Instead Senior Care® of Iredell and Alexander Counties. That is where Uncle Darrell’s wife, a CNA, worked part time on the weekends as a CAREGiver. Read more...


Nae Anna - April 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Nae Anna - April 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Nae Anna learned about Tracey and Creighton Gibson’s award-winning franchise through a relative after taking early retirement from her longtime job. “I like being a CAREGiver because I like taking care of people. I have been able to match up with compatible clients. Home Instead Senior Care is flexible because I cannot work weekends and Wednesday nights because of church duties. That part is also good.” Read more...


Cathy H. - March 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Cathy H. - March 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

CAREGiver of the Month Cathy H. has been involved in a “rally” that has lasted since December 2016. By now, it could be considered a rebound, and Cathy deserves credit for the comeback, the 88-year-old dementia client’s daughter contends. Following a hospitalization, the client spent two tumultuous days in a hospice facility before her daughter brought her home. ​Read more...


Laura K. - February 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Laura K. - February 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

​Because Laura can put almost anyone at ease and help them with any need, she has been honored as CAREGiver of the Month for the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise of Iredell and Alexander Counties owned by Tracey and Creighton Gibson. The award came less than a year after Laura joined Home Instead Senior Care in May 2016. Read more...


Robbie H. - January 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

Robbie H. - January 2017 CAREGiver of the Month

​Robbie epitomizes the Home Instead Senior Care principles of “Build Trust, Take the Lead and Share Your Heart.” When asked about the qualities of a CAREGiver, Robbie explained: “If you have compassion, empathy and good listening skills, you will have a caring heart. If the heart is not there, you are in the wrong field. My reward is the joy I bring to the clients, and the joy they bring me. Read more...


Debra B. - CAREGiver of the Month

Debra B. - CAREGiver of the Month

​There have been many memorable client moments for Debra, who joined Home Instead Senior Care on Aug. 17, 2012. Her current client, a 91-year-old widow, shares commonalities with Debra. Debra has overcome an illness, and her client is in the process of overcoming the same illness. The client’s daughter died of a similar illness. “We sometimes discuss the situation,” Debra said. Read more...


Tommacena - CAREGiver of the Month

Tommacena - CAREGiver of the Month

​Tommacena, an Evangelist at the Mt. Moriah Holiness church in her hometown of Mooresville, is sad about the loss of life, but she feels she’s been placed in those situations to comfort others, including clients and their family members. “I have seen and experienced the good and the bad of life. Speaking from what I have been through and have read in Scripture, I know we need to go through trials to become better people,” Tommacena said. Read more...


Darlene B. - CAREGiver of the Month

Darlene B. - CAREGiver of the Month

​Darlene, a member of the St. John Baptist Church in Statesville, also says a prayer each morning before a shift, when she asks for God’s assistance. “I want the Lord to help me keep my clients’ confidence and create the atmosphere for a good and peaceful feeling,” Darlene revealed. “My faith is important to me, but I never impose it on anyone. I never know about my clients’ belief systems or absence of them unless they bring it up.”​ Read more...​


Melanie M. - CAREGiver of the Month

Melanie M. - CAREGiver of the Month

​Shortly after Melanie joined Home Instead Senior Care of Iredell and Alexander Counties in Statesville in May 2015, she was called to assist a man who lost the use of an arm and partial use of a leg as a result of two strokes. Read more...​​


Barbara Mc. - CAREGiver of the Month

Barbara Mc. - CAREGiver of the Month

​The fact that he is thriving in his own surroundings in an eastern North Carolina city with the one-on-one attention from a CAREGiver just like Barbara is a win-win for everyone involved. Barbara has been an integral part of many senior success stories during the past six years. “You don’t know how happy I am for the relative and the rest of the family,” Barbara said. Read more...


Sheryl G. - CAREGiver of the Month

Sheryl G. - CAREGiver of the Month

​Sheryl, originally from Jamestown, New York, is the oldest of five children and helped her parents take care of her siblings. “I was always the peacemaker in the home when I was growing up,” she recalled. While attending Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, Sheryl joined an Adopt-a-Grandparent program at a nursing home as a volunteer. “I spent time talking and writing letters for the residents,” she said. Read more...


Rita F. - CAREGiver of the Month

Rita F. - CAREGiver of the Month

Rita joined Home Instead in November 2015, and she experienced the first death of a client May 30. “I had spent only three weeks with her, but I cherished those times and the opportunity to make her comfortable. She had a strong will and was trying to hang on for her family. It was an honor and privilege to be with her and her family just as it is with my other clients,” Rita said. Read more...


Traci G. - CAREGiver of the Month

Traci G. - CAREGiver of the Month

“The 911 call had been made, and I just wanted her to hold on, but at the same time I knew she wanted to go. It was as if she was saying, ‘This is it,’ ” Traci explained. “She had been in and out of the hospital a lot from her facility and just didn’t want to go back to the hospital. In her final days, she had told me how tired she was. I am never ready for someone to die, no matter how many times I have gone through it. There was a look of peace on her face, but it broke my heart.” Read more...


Sandra C. - CAREGiver of the Month

Sandra C. - CAREGiver of the Month

​Sandra continues to be a family caregiver, carrying the major load of helping an aunt and her father. Sandra also helped another aunt before she died in July 2015. Her introduction to senior care came years ago after she moved back to Statesville from Chapel Hill to help a grandmother, who was left partially paralyzed after undergoing spinal surgery to remove a tumor. Read more...


Melissa S. - CAREGiver of the Month

Melissa S. - CAREGiver of the Month Years ago, Melissa Smith revealed, she couldn’t imagine considering a job in senior care. But in August 2015, she prayed for guidance on a decision to join Home Instead Senior Care® of Iredell and Alexander Counties in Statesville as a CAREGiver. Read more...

Debbie L. - CAREGiver of the Month

Debbie L. - CAREGiver of the Month

It was an unforgettable day at Home Instead Senior Care® of Iredell and Alexander Counties when CAREGiver of the Month Debbie Lankford tracked down a client who appeared to have gone missing. Read more...


Lois C. - CAREGiver of the Month

Lois C. - CAREGiver of the Month

“At Home Instead Senior Care in the Statesville office, I work for the most wonderful people. Even though there were many things I needed to learn about home health care when I first started in 2005, the office staff gave me training and support. ​Read more...


John L. - CAREGiver of the Month

John L. - CAREGiver of the Month

A smile.

That was CAREGiver of the Month John Lawrence’s single goal after he had worked day in and day out with a 94-year-old client, a World War II veteran. John, who has assisted seniors for more than three years with Home Instead Senior Care® of Iredell and Alexander Counties, jogged memories from the client’s days with the U.S. Army in the European theater during the struggle to subdue Adolph Hitler’s Germany. Read more...


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