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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. ​


 


May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month: Tammy Sears

May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month: Tammy Sears

CG Tammy is wonderful; in fact, she is more than wonderful according to her clients! Tammy really gets to know their needs, and they never have to ask her twice. She is always kind and has nice words to say to her clients. She is more than a CAREGiver to them, she is family! Tammy is always positive, willing to help out at a last minute notice, very patient, and most reliable. Tammy has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead for over 1 year now.
Thanks Tammy for being a great CAREGiver, we appreciate you!


May 2018 Rookie of the Month: Brian McVicar

May 2018 Rookie of the Month: Brian McVicar

CG Brian goes above and beyond to make sure that he is meeting the needs of his clients. His clients really enjoy having him around. He is a great communicator with the office and committed to learning how to do things correctly. Brian is dedicated to always working hard and doing the right thing. He has a kind heart and greets everyone with a smile. Brian has been with Home Instead for about 10 months. We love having you on our team, Brian! Great work!


April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month: Natalie Wilkinson

April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month: Natalie Wilkinson

​Natalie cares deeply about her clients and their needs.  Her  excellent care greatly impacts the quality of life for her clients. She is tactful and strategic in completing difficult tasks making it as easy as possible for her clients. For example, she makes sure the heater is on when helping a client with a sponge bath to keep the bathroom toasty and warm. Natalie is loved and appreciated, valued and respected by our office and every one of her clients. Natalie has been with Home Instead for two and one half years. We are so happy to have Natalie represent Home Instead as a professional CAREGiver. Thank you Natalie for all you do!


April 2018 Rookie of the Month: Katie Barrie

April 2018 Rookie of the Month: Katie Barrie

​Katie has such a positive attitude. She is always willing to take short notice shifts and is very reliable. She really gets to know her clients and can recognize when something is not quite right. Recently, one of her clients needed medical attention and communicated this to the office. Katie proactively followed up with her client’s Home Instead case worker who helped find a way to get her client the assistance she needed. Katie has been with Home Instead for only 3 months! Thanks for your great work, Katie!


March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month: Katee Littleton

March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month: Katee Littleton

​CG Katee has a wonderful “take-charge” attitude. She is proactive and plans ahead for her shifts. When she has a new client she leaves a little earlier to allow for time to find the location. She  understands that her clients depend on her. She is excellent at communicating with the office and takes initiative to problem solve.

Recently her client’s phone was not working; Katee spent the time needed to make sure the client had a working phone before she left her shift. Katee is very reliable and responsive when working with clients and staff. We are excited to share that Katee has been with Home Instead for over 1 year now! Way to go Katee, we appreciate you!


March 2018 Rookie of the Month: Megan Dame

March 2018 Rookie of the Month: Megan Dame

​Megan is a standout! Her client’s family have great things to say about her... “She has been part of our family for about 6 months and her performance as a CAREGiver is superb! She very quickly learned how to transfer my son and how to use the equipment that is specific to his care.

She is cheerful, dependable and professional. She follows tasks to completion. It is evident that she is intelligent and ambitious. I absolutely believe that she is well suited for the care-giving field.”

Megan has been with Home Instead since September 2017. We think you are pretty awesome too Megan! Great caregiving!


February 2018 CAREGiver of the Month: Cindy Salgado

February 2018 CAREGiver of the Month: Cindy Salgado

​CG Cindy is an exceptional CAREGiver! She made a huge impact on the life of a long term client and their entire family. Cindy began working with her client about 5 years ago with a couple of short visits a week. As her client's needs increased, Cindy also adapted and began caring for her client daily. Over the years Cindy has been a companion, an advocate, and like a family member in her client's eyes. When overnight care became a necessity, Cindy once again accommodated the needs for her client and was there for her. Cindy is caring, loving and such a special person to all. Cindy has been with Home Instead for almost 5 years.
Thank you Cindy for all you do for others, we appreciate you!


February 2018 Rookie of the Month: Beverly Jarrell

February 2018 Rookie of the Month: Beverly Jarrell

​CG Beverly has been a great support to her client who has had multiple surgeries. She provides great care, compassion and encouragement in her clients recoveries and rehabilitation. She helps to make sure she stays on track with her PT exercises. Beverly does all this with a smile and helping hand. Beverly has been a CAREGiver since June 2017. We are so excited to have you on the team, nice work Beverly!


January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month: Amber Wright

January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month: Amber Wright


Amber goes above and beyond for her clients. She is a wonderful advocate for them. She puts their needs ahead of her own at all times. Amber is so pleasant to be around, and as you can see in this photo, she is always smiling. Amber has been with Home Instead since March of 2017. Thank you, Amber, for being such a great CAREGiver! We appreciate you!

January 2018 Rookie of the Month: Michael Porter

January 2018 Rookie of the Month: Michael Porter

Michael is so compassionate and giving of his time and his heart as a CAREGiver. He cancelled his own plans to stay longer on a shift (14hrs!) where the family really needed him. Michael never complained, but quietly went about giving excellent care for his client and family who depended on him. Michael has been with Home Instead for less than one month! We are so proud to have him as part of our Home Instead family!


2017 CAREGiver of the Year: Elaine McKenney

2017 CAREGiver of the Year: Elaine McKenney

Elaine has this innate ability to form an immediate, long lasting relationship with her clients and their families. We have heard many times how blessed they feel to have her in their lives.

Please enjoy Elaine's personal story about how she started her CAREGiver journey, as well as testimonies from one of Elaine's current clients and our office staff.


"I became a caregiver when my own mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. I took care of her until she passed away. For some time prior, I had been trying to figure out what to do with my life. I found that after the experience with my mom, that I wanted to continue being a caregiver for others. One year later, I had my first clients with Home Instead; a couple named Mel and Torch. One of my fondest memories was when Mel had me help him with his 200 orchids. I knew nothing about flowers (I really didn't even like flowers), but he taught me how to care for them. I now plant flowers every summer and think of him."

-Elaine

 Elaine's heart to serve others goes beyond seniors. She makes care packages that she keeps in her car to hand out to the homeless women in her area. She fills them with feminine products, tooth paste, hand sanitizer, ChapStick, socks, baby wipes, and bottled water.


December 2017 CAREGiver of the Month: Angelica Olvera Sanchez

December 2017 CAREGiver of the Month: Angelica Olvera Sanchez

We are so blessed to have a CAREGiver like Angelica. She constantly provides calm and compassionate care to her clients and their family members. She is confident in her training and experience, can work independently and on a team, and always communicates to the office any concerns or client updates. She is very thoughtful, reliable, and always ready to jump in when needed. She goes above and beyond th call of duty! Angelica has been with Home Instead since June 2016. Angelica, we think you are all heart!


December 2017 Rookie of the Month: Kamela Ross

December 2017 Rookie of the Month: Kamela Ross

You can spot CAREGiver Kamela in a crowd, she is the one with a beautiful smile on her face! Kamela has a warm and caring spirit and it shows through her work every day. Kamela has several clients she works with at a facility setting where she interacts with other residents as well. The residents love her and look forward to seeing her. She is hardworking, intuitive, and delightful to be around. Kamela has been with Home Instead since April 2017 and we are so excited to have her on our team!


November 2017 CAREGiver of the Month: Bonnie Robbins

November 2017 CAREGiver of the Month: Bonnie Robbins

Bonnie is extremely capable and has cared for many different kinds of clients, each with unique needs. She is thoughtful, seeks help when she needs it, and always goes above and beyond to think of ways to exceed her client’s expectations. We are so honored to have Bonnie as part of the family and appreciate her special gift of caregiving she shares with us and her clients. Bonnie you are a “bonus” to all!



November 2017 Rookie of the Month: Christian Gonzales

November 2017 Rookie of the Month: Christian Gonzales

Cristian treats his clients with compassion and respect while keeping them engaged. Clients and their families light up when speaking about Cristian. They feel so fortunate and comfortable in his care. We are blessed to have such a great CAREGiver on the team!


October 2017 CAREGiver of the Month: Britany Diaz

October 2017 CAREGiver of the Month: Britany Diaz

​Britany has such a calm demeanor and a willingness to help in all situations. She is very trustworthy and reliable. Her clients describe her as a “self-starter”, she does things without even being asked; she’s very good, very open, she’s a sweetheart. We love that Britany is always ready and willing to help out with short notice shifts. We are so excited to share that Britany just celebrated 2 years with Home Instead on September 9th. A perfect description of Britany from a client, “she is a Gem!”


October 2017 Rookie of the Month: Brandy Ganas

October 2017 Rookie of the Month: Brandy Ganas

​CG Brandy is a calm and reassuring presence to her clients. She had a challenging situation recently when she arrived to find her client had fallen and was on the floor. Brandy assessed the client, saw that she was not injured but could not get her up on her own. Brandy called the non-emergency number on the back of her badge, they came out and helped the client up. After the client was taken care of Brandy went to fill out an incident report. Not finding one in the journal, she called providing an update and let the office know she would be by to fill out an incident report. Brandy followed safety first guidelines, communicated with the office, and did an overall fantastic job with helping her client and following her training protocol!


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