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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 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.

 
We are thrilled to introduce our outstanding award winning CAREGivers:​

Julia Cunningham, November CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Julia Cunningham, November CAREGiver of the Month 2017

​Congratulations, Julia, for being our CAREGiver of the Month for November! Julia made a complete career change when she came to Home Instead and it seems she has found her calling.  Here's a little more about Julia.  Where were you born? I was born in Corpus Christi, TX. Where did you grow up?  I grew up in Corpus Christi, TX and moved to Arkansas in April of 1997.  How long have you worked at HISC? I've worked at Home Instead a little over a year now.  What is your favorite part of caregiving and why? 

My favorite part of caregiving is that I get to assist older adults in their daily lives in hopes that I, in some small way, make a difference in their life. Why is this my favorite part?  I've always wanted to be of assistance to people and this is one way I feel I am giving back to the previous generations for all they did for me. 

My husband, Scott and I have been married for a little over 20 years and still cherish every minute we have with one another.  My Dad and brother still are living in Corpus Christi, TX and my mother was too until she recently passed away this past January 4.  I've got a cousin who lives in Henderson, TX (5 hrs. away) and she's 2 days older than I.  I was born 9/10/69 and she was born 9/8/69.  I am closer to my cousin than any of my other family members, other than my husband.  We've got a son who adopted us as his parents many years ago and we love him to pieces as well as our grandbabies.  I love to fish, work on our property, spend time with grandbabies, listen to music, walk on my treadmill and spend every minute I can with my husband.  My other passion, other than working for Home Instead, is working with the American Legion and giving back to the vets for their sacrifices for us.

Thank you, Julia, for all you do to make the world a better place.  We're proud of you!  Congrats and God Bless!


Cindy Wright, October CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Cindy Wright, October CAREGiver of the Month 2017

​Kudos to Cindy Wright for being our CAREGiver of the Month for October! Cindy was delighted about receiving this honor and quickly answered the following questions so we could get to know her better. Where were you born?  I was born in Cheyenne, Oklahoma.  At 6 weeks old, we joined my Dad where he was stationed on the California coast.  I like to say I learned to walk and talk on the beach.  Where did you grow up? Other than California, I also lived in Texas, Missouri, Ohio and Michigan.  How long have you worked at HISC?  I started my career at Home Instead on March 6th of this year.  What is your favorite part of caregiving and why?  My favorite part of caregiving is knowing I make a difference.  Knowing the clients trust me to care for them, and take care of whatever needs or problems they have, is very rewarding.

Cindy is one of those lucky CAREGivers that has been with the same clients from the beginning.  Her clients are very fortunate to have her, not only for the excellent care she provides, but also for her consistency.  Rarely does she ask for time off, and if she does, she lets the schedulers know well in advance.  Cindy has such a mild, kind demeanor.  She's fun loving, enjoys life and carries that spirit over into the lives of her clients.

On a more personal note, Cindy shared some information about her family.  She and her husband, Richard, have been married for 39 years and have raised 6 amazing children.  They have continued to be blessed by 7 wonderful grandchildren that, she says, "continue to enrich our lives".  She also said that her family loves water activities and traveling.

Cindy has done a wonderful job "living Home Instead" every day. We are so thankful for her service and are delighted to honor her as CAREGiver of the Month for October.  Congratulations, Cindy, and God Bless!


Bill Risner, September CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Bill Risner, September CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Kudos to Bill Risner for being our CAREGiver of the Month for September!!  Bill has been a delightful addition to our Home Instead family!  He has shared a little bit more about himself so we can get to know him better.  Where were you born?  I was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on October 6, 1970.  I have two brothers.  I'm the middle child, so I'm the best kid.  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Huntington, Arkansas and went to school at Mansfield, one mile away.  I lived there until I went to Vo-Tech.  Now I live in Greenwood. I have two sons.  My oldest son, Marcus and his wife, Taylor, had their first child two months ago.  I'm finally a Grandpa.  My Grandson's name is Grayson.  My son, Alex, is my partner in crime.  How long have you worked at HISC?  I started working at Home Instead on August 8, 2016, so just a little over a year.  What is your favorite part of caregiving and why?  The best thing about my job is giving back the care that they gave when they raised their children.  I also enjoy listening about their lives and the stories they tell. 

When Bill came in for an interview, he came across very quiet and reserved.  That continued briefly on the first day of training; then the real Bill started to emerge and that's meant as a compliment.  Bill loves life and having a good time.  For example, he worked real hard to win the ugly sweater contest at our Christmas open house last year and was proud of his creativity. Bill has the attitude of go big or go home.  He carries that attitude into the care he provides.  He doesn't want to give anything less than his very best.  Bill builds trust with clients easily because he's dependable and completes everything required of him.  What clients probably like most about him, is the joy that he brings to their lives.  Bill is grounded in his faith, and the joy he has because of that, overflows into all those around him.  Bill was very thankful for being chosen as CGOM.  He couldn't believe it.  It's that kind of humility that makes Bill stand out and why we are pleased to recognize him with this honor!


Gina Cude, August CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Gina Cude, August CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Cheers to Gina Cude for being our CAREGiver of the Month for August! Here are some facts about her life that she was asked to share.  Where were you born? I was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Where did you grow up?  I grew up in Midwest City, Oklahoma. How long have you worked at HISC? I started with Home Instead in July of 2016.  What is your favorite part of caregiving and why?  Making sure my clients know they're important, they're comfortable and they feel loved.  I want them to be well groomed, well fed and I enjoy listening about their lives.  When I have accomplished all those things, my reward from them is their smile.  That makes my heart proud.

Before HISC, Gina was married to a Marine, so she moved around quite a bit.  She lived in Guam for about 6 months, but she said her favorite place she traveled to was Lincoln, Nebraska.  She said that it just reminded her of home and the people there were so down to earth.

Gina has a son named Patrick Ryan Taylor, which she commented is a very Irish name.  She said that he lives in his semi-truck, because he is a cross country truck driver and he loves it. You could hear the love she has for her son in her voice as she gave is full given name.  In fact, during training she shared that Ryan is her hero, so when he's away she must miss him deeply.  Although Ryan isn't around as much as she'd like, Gina isn't alone. She shares her Fort Smith home with some very special companions. She has two birds, Jessee and Jake and a cat named Chloe.  Sounds like a dangerous combination of pets, but somehow it works. 

Gina was surprised to receive this honor.  She is humble and doesn't realize the tremendous impact she makes.  It has been said repeatedly, from one family in particular, that she's not just a CAREGiver but part of the family.  They don't know what they would've done without her.  That's what it's all about and why we are pleased to recognize her as CGOM for August!



Diana Heinrichs, July CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Diana Heinrichs, July CAREGiver of the Month 2017

​Congratulations to Diana for being our CAREGiver of the Month for July!  Diana answered the following questions to help us get to know her better. Where were you born? I was born in Greenville, Mississippi. Where did you grow up? The first ten years of my life, I lived in a very small town in southern Arkansas named Eudora.  When my dad got a job offer in Fort Smith, we packed up and moved.  My parents found a place in Mulberry in which I lived until I graduated high school.  After graduation, I moved to Charleston, where I got my first job and I've lived there ever since. How long have you worked at HISC?  I started working at Home Instead on March 31, 2015. What is your favorite part of caregiving and why?  Diana didn't send me an answer to this question but we recently corresponded after she had received a wonderful praise from a client for doing a magnificent job.  When I texted Diana to let her know what the client had reported, Diana said, "well it is easy to do a good job when you are blessed to be working with such a sweet lady".  Diana is as faithful as the sun rising in the morning, so she enjoys making a client's day more fulfilled and less stressful.

Diana is married to her best friend Jim and they have three kids and two beautiful grandbabies named Wyatt and Charlie Marie.  During training, she said that her family is very country, loves being around one another and loves animals.  Diana is genuine, kind, compassionate and very talented as a CAREGiver.  She represents Home Instead with excellence through her professional appearance, showing up for work on time consistently and doing whatever it takes to meet the client's needs.  Thank you, Diana, for simply being you and letting the core of who you are, and the love you have for others, shine through in the care you provide.  We're so proud to have you part of our Home Instead family and are thrilled to recognize you as our CGOM for July!


Anita Schwartz, June CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Anita Schwartz, June CAREGiver of the Month 2017

​Proud to congratulate Anita Schwartz for being our CAREGiver of the Month for June! Anita was asked to share a little about herself by answering the questions below.  Where were you born? I was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Mansfield, Arkansas. How long have you worked at HISC? I started working with Home Instead in August 2011.  What is your favorite part of caregiving and why?  I've always wanted to be a caregiver.  My husband and I made a deal that as soon as my 2 boys were finished with college I would retire and give back.  So, I stayed on my job as a scheduler for 25 years; then, as soon as my boys graduated I retired and signed up. My very first client told me I made this life worth living.  From then on, I was hooked.  Seeing my clients enjoy life is my goal.  I have met some wonderful people and I always hope that I made a difference in their lives. 

So, everyone knows that as a parent you never really get your children raised or stop investing your time in their lives. Anita got her boys raised but the story goes on in the form of 2 precious grandchildren.  Anita is fully committed to her family, so she was ready to step in and help with the two new loves of her life, but that meant change with what she could do at Home Instead.   Rather than give up on the career she always wanted, she cut back her hours and continues blessing those she can.  In caregiving, it's not always about the quantity of work you can do, but the quality you put into the work you can do. Anita has always been about quality work.  Life may change, new obligations may arise, but whether Anita is providing care as a Grandma or as a CAREGiver, you can be sure she is serving with excellence and from the heart.  Thank you, Anita, for finding a way to shine in all the roles of your life.  We are very honored to have you part of our Home Instead family and proud to recognize you as our CGOM for June.  God Bless!  



Brenda Maness, May CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Brenda Maness, May CAREGiver of the Month 2017

​We are so excited for Brenda Maness because she was voted our CAREGiver of the Month for May!  Brenda was very thrilled to receive this honor and excited to share a little bit about herself.

Where were you born?  I was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the old Saint Edward Hospital.  Where did you grow up?  I grew up in Hackett all my life.  There were only 15 students in my graduating class.  I grew up with 4 sisters and we still live close to each other.  Family time is wonderful and I love it.  How long have you worked at HISC?  I've been working at Home Instead for 10 months.  I started July 28, 2016.  What is your favorite part of caregiving and why?  This question is so hard to answer because this job has brought so many positives to my life.  I've met clients and coworkers who have been such a blessing to me.  So many people have just been wonderful.  I love to hear the stories that clients share about their lives when I'm in their homes and they are so considerate.  I had worked at Cooper clinic in an office position for 29 years prior to coming to work here.  After losing my Dad and then my Step-Dad, I had to take a break and regroup.  I ended up staying home for 5 years before going back to work.  When I decided to go back to work, I wanted a change from an office setting.  Home Instead was the first place I applied and I'm so happy and grateful I was given this opportunity.

Aside from being a wonderful CAREGiver, Brenda is the proud mother of two boys and Grandmother to five beautiful granddaughters, whom she absolutely adores.

Thank you, Brenda for making a difference through your service at HISC.  We're grateful for you and for you to enjoy this honor.  God Bless You!



Nancy Payne, April CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Nancy Payne, April CAREGiver of the Month 2017

​Congratulations, Nancy, for being our CAREGiver of the Month for April!  Nancy was asked to answer the following questions so we could get to know her better.  Where were you born?  I was born in Russellville, AR. Where did you grow up?  I grew up on a farm in Scranton, AR. I was raised by two amazing parents.  I have two brothers and one sister. How long have you worked for HISC?  I have worked for HISC for 2 years.   What is your favorite part of caregiving and why?  I love knowing that I can make a difference in someone's life and love the wonderful stories these precious people can tell of back "in their day".  It's a rewarding job.

Nancy also shared with us that she has one daughter and three beautiful grandkids.  Before she came to work at Home Instead, she worked at Arkansas Nuclear One for twenty-three years as an Administrative Assistant and worked in private homes providing care.  She loves church, enjoys working in her flower beds, being outdoors and playing with her grandkids.  She added that she's always loved horseback riding, four wheeling and doing different crafts.  Nancy is an all-around great lady and it shows in the caregiving she provides.  Thank you, Nancy, for all you do to bless others through the kind words you say and the work of your hands.  We are pleased to recognize you with the CGOM award for April!  God bless!



Sylvia Torres, March CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Sylvia Torres, March CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Hooray, Sylvia, for being our CAREGiver of the Month for March!  Sylvia was asked to answer the following questions so we could get to know her better.  Where were you born?  I was born in Rotan, Texas Where did you grow up?  I grew up in Hamlin, Texas and Amarillo, Texas.  How long have you worked for HISC?  I have worked for HISC since October 31, 2016.What is your favorite part of caregiving and why?  I like helping the clients with things they can’t do for themselves anymore and love seeing their smile after helping them.  It puts a smile on my face and keeps me going.  I love caregiving!  Caring for clients doesn’t’ feel like a job because they all feel like family.  I especially love it when a client remembers me when I don’t think they will after not seeing me for a while.

Sylvia must truly love her job.    She’s been a real go getter from the day she stepped out of training.  She has a wonderful sense of humor and brings warmth to your heart through her smile and wit.  Her dedication is priceless and she’s always willing to go the extra mile, regardless of what the circumstances are.  Thank you, Sylvia, for the time, energy and compassion you put into caring for others.   We appreciate having you part of our Home Instead family and are pleased to honor you with our CAREGiver of the Month award for March.  God Bless!


Christina Anderson, February CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Christina Anderson, February CAREGiver of the Month 2017

Congratulations to Christina Anderson for being our CAREGiver of the Month for February! Christina was asked to answer the following questions so we could get to know her better.  Where were you born?  I was born in Fort Smith.  Where did you grow up?  I've lived in Fort Smith my whole life.  I haven't really, been much of anywhere else.  All my family is here and I'm not really the one to adventure off, I guess you could say…LOL How long have you worked for HISC?  I have worked for HISC for 1½ years.  I have always done caregiving and did childcare for 15 years.  God sent Jennifer to me.  She asked me to apply for a job with HISC with a smile on her face and said that I would love it…and I do.  Little did I know the company I worked for 15 years went out of business only 2 months after HISC hired me.  Wow, what a blessing!  What is your favorite part of caregiving and why?  I'm more of a giver and doer than a receiver.  I love how the most, simple task is so greatly appreciated.  It's also nice to hear "You're like family to us".

Since Christina's answers left a little extra room, something else interesting about her is she enjoys anything outdoors; especially, fishing, hunting and camping.  She's just a down to earth girl with a heart of gold and a love for people of all ages.  Thank you, Christina, for always putting your best foot forward to enhance the lives of those in your care.  Your smile alone, lights up the world around you, and we're delighted to have you shining bright, in our community, for Home Instead Senior Care.  We're very proud of you and excited to honor you with this very special recognition.  Keep up the good work and God Bless! 



Deborah O'Connor, December 2016 CAREGiver of the Month 2016

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Let's give a round of applause for Deborah for being our CGOM for December, 2016! To change things up a bit, Deb was asked to answer a few questions.  Here are her responses so you can get to know her a little bit better.  Where were you born? I was born in Junction City, Kansas.  Where did you grow up? My father was military, so I grew up in different cities in Germany.  We moved to the states in 1969 and drove from NY to OK to see my relatives for the first time and dad picked Fort Smith for us to settle down.  What is your favorite color & why?  I love purple.  Don't know why, I just do.  What was a favorite game you played as a child? I played touch football a lot and rode bikes all over the neighborhood.  I have 2 sisters and a brother.  I am the middle child and it shows. LOL I am pretty quiet & tend to observe and listen to everything instead of jumping in.  How long have you worked with HISC?  I started in 2013 after my father passed away.  He had Alzheimer's & died of heart failure.  What made you pursue a job in caregiving with HISC?  A nurse with Peachtree Hospice was very helpful during my dad's passing, which was one of the hardest things I've been through.  That's when I decided to go into the caregiving field.  My Aunt Geneva referred me to HISC and I've been here ever since.  What is your favorite part of caregiving and why? I've met some wonderful seniors and their families and had the awesome privilege of being with some of them at the end of their time on earth.  It's always sad & emotional but I consider it a great honor to be at their side.  A lot of people don't know this type of service is available.  I feel what we do is very important.  I've made a lot of new friends through caregiving and hope to do it for as long as I can.

We hope so too, Deb!  Thanks for all you do.  We're proud of you.


Dana Smith, November CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Dana Smith, November CAREGiver of the Month 2016

​Kudos to Dana Smith for being our CAREGiver of the Month for November!  Prior to starting her caregiver career with Home Instead, Dana worked at a day care.  One day she was looking in the classified section of the newspaper and saw an ad looking for caregivers to work with seniors.  Each time she would look at the paper she would see the ad; then one day the ad was a lot BIGGER.  It was at that point she felt strongly to contact the office and inquire about becoming a caregiver.  Dana is a person very in tune to what God has planned for her, and she knew this is where He wanted her to be.  Everything Dana does for clients is done from the heart and in line with this scripture, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” Colossians 3:17.  Dana has stated many times how much she loves her job and that coming to Home Instead has been such a blessing to her from the very beginning.  Dana has the kindest spirit and most determined attitude.  Some of the client’s she’s cared for have been in very trying situations that would test the commitment of any caregiver but she has never walked away.  Every time she calls you think it’s going to be the time when she’s had enough, but she just keeps on keeping on and toughs things out.  She truly lives to treat others as she would want herself or her loved ones to be treated.  Dana knows that what she is doing to care for others now will stretch far beyond this earth into eternity. It’s that belief that keeps her motivated through thick and thin.  Thank you, Dana for your commitment and compassion.  It feels fitting to say a quote from Matthew 25:23, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.  God Bless!


Casie Watkins, October CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Casie Watkins, October CAREGiver of the Month 2016

​Our CAREGiver of the month for October is known for being, simply put, the girl who gets her job done.  That is a magnificent compliment!  Casie began working for Home Instead on May 4, 2015.  She may be small in stature, but make no mistake, she knows how to get the job done and get it done right.  Casie connects well with clients and spoils them, not only with her excellent care, but her cake mix cookies, too.  Besides loving her for the yummy cookies she makes, clients more importantly love her for being consistent.  She understands that this job is about others and their needs, so she goes to work, gets everything done in a timely manner, updates the telephony system like a pro and rarely ever calls off for a shift.  If Casie calls off, we know it's something beyond her control because she takes her job seriously and truly wants to be the one taking care of her clients.  Her love and genuine concern for others probably stems, in large part, from being part of a caring, outgoing family.  She also said that her family was, "crazy, but in a good way."  Casie has a fun loving spirit, so if that's the crazy she's talking about, then "crazy" is a wonderful way to be. In looking back at her references when we asked one of them if she would let Casie take care of her own loved one she said, "Oh my gosh, yes. She's caring and I trust her with my life."  It was also stated several times that she is patient and can get along with anyone.  Being able to talk to and relate to people is a key part of being a CAREGiver and Casie is a natural when it comes to building a relationship with clients.  Thank you, Casie, for not only connecting well with clients, but all you do to provide quality, professional care to them.  You make Home Instead shine bright and we're proud to honor you with this esteemed recognition. CONGRATS!   ​


Tiara White, September CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Tiara White, September CAREGiver of the Month 2016

​Congratulations are in order for Tiara being voted our CAREGiver of the Month for September!  On October 10th, Tiara will celebrate her three-year anniversary with Home Instead.  When she had her interview she stated that her sister had often told her that home health care is the best job ever, so that was what sparked her interest.  Although her sister nurtured the thought of caregiving, she has proven to be a natural caregiver by design.  For someone so young, she already had a good work history established, which is quite rare these days.  All of her references spoke so highly of her.  Combined, they mentioned many adjectives to describe her such as dependable, kind, gentle, easy going, organized, loving, reliable and honest.   They obviously knew her very well because she has demonstrated all of those wonderful qualities in her career at Home Instead.  Tiara has the "Midas touch" when it comes to clients.  Often, clients can resist care or be upset that they have to let a stranger in their home to help with very private, personal issues such as bathing or toileting.  Tiara, consistently puts client's minds at ease and wins them over, partly because she's comfortable in her own skin, so to speak, which makes them feel comfortable.  Tiara also builds trust easily by being soft spoken and a good listener.  That beautiful, pleasant smile of hers helps seal the deal and is like the icing on the cake. Another impressive thing about this young woman, is through all her personal life changes, she has held her job in high regard.  She adjusts her life to work with her job.  When she was hired, she was single.  She married; then later became the mom of an incredible little boy.  She actually worked the day he was born.  Yes, she left a shift at 1:45 pm then went to the hospital around 9 pm to deliver.  That's dedication.  That's determination. That's being crazy about the work you do!  It's also one of the many reasons she's being honored as our September CAREGiver of the month. Thank you, Tiara, for giving your best, day in and day out, to bless those you serve.  We're all so proud of you!


Karen Walker, August CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Karen Walker, August CAREGiver of the Month 2016

​Way to go, Karen, for being our CAREGiver of the Month for August!  Karen began working at Home Instead in February of 2011.  Along with being a CAREGiver at Home Instead, she was facing the growing responsibility of caring for her own parents.  Her work availability was limited, but her dedication was not.  There was never a doubt about her commitment or whether she would fulfill her work obligations.  Karen thrives on pouring herself into others.  God has given her many spiritual gifts that causes her presence alone to express a deep sense of love.  One gift in particular is Mercy.  She comes along side those who are dealing with life's hard knocks and offers support through compassion and empathy.  She feels for them deeply and brings light to their lives by being the hands and feet of Jesus.  She serves graciously.  In 2014, Karen was faced with the reality that her father, whom she so sweetly called, "Little Daddy", was nearing the end of his life.  Through personal trials and sorrows, she still kept her Home Instead client a priority until her father passed and she went to Texas to be with family for a while.  Her client felt the void, and so did Karen.  When Karen left, she thought it might be for a long time, but home kept tugging at her.  She returned to Arkansas and Home Instead after a couple of months.  As fate would have it, she stepped right back into a schedule with her former client, and the world started to balance back out for the both of them.  Karen continues to care for her mother, "Little Momma" and her Home Instead client.  She's an inspiration.  If you wonder how she does all she does, the answer is simply, faith.  God is her strength and motivation to care deeply, love sincerely and work diligently.  Congratulations, Karen, for a job well done and recognition well deserved!


Melissa Hurst, July CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Melissa Hurst, July CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Congratulations to Melissa for being our CAREGiver of the Month for July!  Before Melissa ever came to work at Home Instead Senior Care, people instinctively recognized her as a natural-born CAREGiver.  Friends, neighbors and even perfect strangers would reach out to her for help.  If people couldn’t reach out to her, she would reach out to them, such as going to the nursing home.  Loving and caring for people is at the core of who Melissa is.  One reference stated how much they love her at the nursing home.  She also said, “She’s as honest as the day is long and you would be happy if you hired a bunch like her”.  It’s always fun looking back over what references say about applicants.  Most of the time what they say confirms what is felt during the interview time.  Genuine caregivers are just that, genuine. No pretenses when it comes to Melissa.  In fact, during our “getting to know you” portion of orientation, she stated that what people might like least about her is she’s succinct, which means neatly and effectively concise or to the point. She is who she is and that’s a beautiful thing, because it all sums up to outstanding.  Outstanding in normal caregiving situations, and especially so in those dreaded, not so normal situations.  Recently, Melissa was calm, cool and collected as she helped a client through a very stressful situation.  She contacted the office, as instructed to do during training, and made sure the lady lacked nothing until every detail was taken care of.  She exhibited the qualities her references gave about her and we’ve seen time and again since she started with us in February of 2015.  Melissa provides the quality care Home Instead promises its clients and we’re happy to honor her with this special recognition.  Thank you, Melissa for all you do.  God Bless!


Vicky Scott, June CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Vicky Scott, June CAREGiver of the Month 2016

​Let's give a round of applause to Vicky for being our June CAREGiver of the Month recipient!  Have you ever met a person that made you wish you could bottle up the way they made you feel and open it whenever you were down?  Vicky is that kind of person! When asked to describe herself with one word during our "getting to know you" portion of training, she responded, "Positive".  Vicky expresses a positive attitude with her words, her smile, her posture and her actions.  She's just the kind of person that makes the world feel like a better place when you're around her.  Vicky started as a CAREGiver with Home Instead on July 13, 2015.  She has worked primarily with the same client since the beginning, but has picked up some fill-in shifts here and there.  Without exception, every client she has cared for, has been thankful for the loving kindness she showed them. One of her references said of her, "If you hire her you would have an awesome employee".  Another reference used several words to describe her.  She stated, "Vicky is loyal, honest, dependable, loving and gives from the heart".  Vicky has proven all of those statements about her to be true and then some.  The name Vicky is derived from the Latin name, Victoria, which means victory.  Her name is described as a human dynamo of emotions.  A person of a solid family background that keeps her on a solid moral ground.  She's a barrel of laughs and many people will find her as their best friend.  As for her career, it is said that her job supports her hobby!   Finally, although she's shy in the spotlight, fame is destined.  Wow, there really is power in a name!  No wonder Vicky is such a successful CAREGiver; it's an extension of the very heart of who she is.  Vicky has found the kind of work God designed her for and that makes each day a beautiful thing.  Caregiving is not glamorous, but she makes it glorious.  It's not easy, but she knows it's eternal.  Thank you, Vicky, for looking past the tough stuff and seeing the eternal value of what you do every day.  We're so proud to have you part of our Home Instead family and honored to name you our June, 2016, CAREGiver of the Month.  Congratulations and God Bless you always!


Kellie Todd, May CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Kellie Todd, May CAREGiver of the Month 2016

High fives for Kellie Todd for being our CAREGiver of the Month for May!  Kellie joined our Home Instead family back in October of 2012.  She has been faithful and true ever since she completed class and stepped out the door to take care of clients. Kellie is the kind of CAREGiver who is wholly committed to every client she cares for.  She knows what needs to be done and provides service with excellence.  Each client she has taken care of absolutely loves her.  From the first encounter, they want Kellie to be their regular CAREGiver and if she ever needs a day off, they are always reluctant to have a fill in because Kellie is a hard act to follow.  Besides being a Home Instead CAREGiver, Kellie is married and has three adorable children.  She has two boys and a little girl, who was a little bit of a surprise.  In spite of her busy life, Kellie makes her client’s care a priority. In fact, Kellie is one of those CAREGivers that just goes out and does her job consistently.  You only hear from her if something beyond her control keeps her from a shift.  She is a “silent hero”, so to speak.  She goes to work each day and does her job well without all the accolades she deserves.  Kellie is Kind-hearted to all she meets.  She’s Empathetic and truly cares about the things that have affected or are affecting her client.  She’s Loving regardless of circumstances and Loyal to those who need her.  The care and love she pours out each day is Important because she reminds people of their value.  Last, but not least, she is Encouraging through her actions and a reminder that the world still has more good in it than bad.  Thank you, Kellie, for all you do.  You’re a blessing to all who know you and we’re so proud to recognize you with this special honor of CAREGiver of the Month.  God Bless.


Judi Nelson, April CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Judi Nelson, April CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Kudos to Judi for being our CAREGiver of the month for April! Judi began her career with Home Instead on November 15, 2011 and she set the standard high with her remarkable work ethic.  No matter the time of day or night, Judi will always answer her phone and move heaven and earth to make sure a client is taken care of.  She is the go to person in a crunch.  She's been referred to as the knight in shining armor because she rides in and saves the day, each and every time, without fail.  The only negative comment that can be made about Judi is she's a fair weather CAREGiver. Sounds contradicting to the earlier comments, right? There's an explanation that will bring the thought process full circle. You see, Judi migrates to the north during the summer months and back to the south during the winter months. Besides the office staff being incredibly jealous of her having the option to do that, there's a tension that mounts as we count down the days to her departure.  There's an element of denial up until the very second she gets in her car and drives away.  It's mind boggling the difference a single person can make.  It's even more mind boggling that Judi doesn't see what she does as anything special. When she commits to a job, she does it with excellence and in the right spirit because it's just who she is and what she does.  When you speak to Judi, she makes you feel like you're the most important person in the world at that moment.  She listens attentively as though she's hanging onto every word you're speaking. From a scheduling standpoint, she doesn't make you feel guilty or like you've called and disrupted her life with a shift, but responds as though she's honored that you called and asked her to care for someone.  To sum Judi up, it's all in her name.

JUDI is - jaunty (self-confident, cheerful), upstanding (meriting respect or esteem),

duteous (willingly obedient out of a sense              of duty or respect) and inspiring (stimulating or exalting to the spirit).  Thank you, Judi, for seizing every opportunity to be an angel of light to clients and for being a delight to all of us who work with you.  We're so proud of you and honored to award you with this esteemed CAREGiver of the month recognition.  God Bless and safe travels up north. 


Susan Stucky, March CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Susan Stucky, March CAREGiver of the Month 2016

​Congratulations to Susan Stucky for being our CAREGiver of the Month for March! Susan started as a CAREGiver in February of 2015. She was so nervous because it was a complete career change for her, but she didn’t let fear overtake her. Not only was she nervous, she also had some things occur, beyond her control, that frustrated her with keeping her schedule. There were signs everywhere of her being overwhelmed and resigning before she even really began. Thank goodness she dug her heals in and stuck with it because God led her to the career He designed her for. Susan has a gift of connecting well with clients from the beginning. She’s soft spoken, goes in knowing what is expected, is prepared to do her job well and makes client’s feel comfortable in their own homes. That seems like an odd statement, but when a new person enters into a home, especially to do the things the clients used to do for themselves, they can feel a sense of loss or guilt, which makes them uncomfortable. Susan has clients that love her because she doesn’t make them feel uncomfortable or needy, but honored that she gets to be a part of their lives. Those clients don’t hesitate to sing her praises either. In fact, one way they praise her, although it’s not in their best interest, is by refusing other caregivers if Susan is unable to provide care for some reason. One of those clients recently had to end her services with us because she had to relocate. Susan had provided care for her since last April. That was a tough situation for both of them. The client sent a card to the office singing praises about Home Instead and how she wished she had found our company sooner, but there was a special statement to Susan that said, “I enjoyed my time with you.  You will always be in my mind and in my heart”. That comment is proof that Susan has found the job designed for her. Change is a certainty in life, just like the client having to relocate proves, BUT change doesn’t change everything. In a case like this, two lives will be forever intertwined, no matter how much time and distance is between them and that’s a beautiful thing. So, if fear had prevailed, Susan would have missed out on that wonderful experience, among many others. Thank you, Susan, for staying the course and living out your life song of caregiving!


Connie Donahue, February CAREGiver of the Month 2016

Connie Donahue, February CAREGiver of the Month 2016

​Kudos to Connie for being our CAREGiver of the month for February!  Connie has only been with Home Instead since April 20, 2015, but she is the kind of person you connect with really easily, so it seems like she's been around for years.  From the moment you meet her, you feel like you're one of her very best friends.  For those of us old enough to remember the Mary Tyler Moore show, Connie would be our Home Instead version of Mary.  This was the lead in to the theme song of the Mary Tyler Moore show, "Who can turn the world on with her smile? Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?"  Move over Mary, because the answer for us is Connie.  Connie's smile lights up the world around her. If you're having a really bad day and the smile gets by you, don't worry, because her body language fills in the gaps by flooding the room with joy that spills over from deep within her soul. When Connie's training was over, she was placed with a permanent client right away that desperately needed someone with her personality.  The staff coordinators assigned the shifts, but God directed their hands. The client's prognosis was bleak and left the client and her husband feeling overwhelmed.  Suddenly, Connie appeared on the scene and things changed.  Connie quickly built trust through her joyful demeanor, dedication and genuine care.  She brought back light to their lives in a heartbreaking situation. There's a quote by Hippocrates that says, "Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always".  Connie could not cure her illness, but she treated the symptoms and brought comfort by her presence.   Connie helped turn seemingly nothing days into worthwhile days up until her client passed from this life to the next.   When Connie came in the office after her client passed away, you could tell her heart was crushed, yet she could still smile through the pain.  Connie changed her client's life, and in turn, the client changed hers.   Connie's smile is a testimony to the beauty her client brought into her life and a reminder that those we love are never truly lost; they live on in our hearts, forever.  Congratulations, Connie on a job well done and a recognition well deserved.  God Bless You!


Stacy Thurston, January CAREGiver of the Month, 2016

Stacy Thurston, January CAREGiver of the Month, 2016

​Yahoo for Stacy! She was honored as our January, 2016, CAREGiver of the Month.  From the time Stacy started working for Home Instead in March of 2015, she's won the hearts and trust of every client she's cared for.  Stacy has a heart of gold and a way of approaching her caregiving that helps her overcome some very difficult challenges.  Her perception of situations and her unwavering desire to provide the best care to clients keeps her trying over and over again until she finds what works to be successful and achieve the best results. Stacy had a client that wouldn't let anyone assist her with a shower.  Stacy never gave up on finding a way to help her client get past that fear.  It didn't matter that it took her several tries, all that mattered was she was successful. "Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles, failure and loss only act as motivation."  Stacy recently faced a situation she couldn't brush off because her intuition kept nagging at her. She takes care of a husband and wife and when she arrived at their home, she couldn't get anyone to come to the door.  That was really unusual.  She called the office, we called the client and still no response.  Stacy left to care for another client but couldn't shake her feeling.  She called the office again and we contacted the police to do a safety check. When they arrived, the lady client crawled to the door and let them in.  She had fallen and hurt herself really badly and her husband was bed bound and unable to do anything about it.  Stacy listening to her heart and persistence got the clients the help they needed. Her day ended on a positive note because she didn't give up and the clients were able to get the help they needed.  That's living, "to us, it's personal" and why we're proud to honor Stacy as CAREGiver of the month.  Rock on Stacy!  


Ione Dutton, December CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Ione Dutton, December CAREGiver of the Month 2015

​Hats off to Ione Dutton for being our CAREGiver of the Month for December!  Ione started with Home Instead on April 20, 2015, but was not a new comer to the world of caregiving.  She had worked in this line of work for over a decade.  The thing you notice right away about Ione is her lovely smile.  She has a wonderful sense of humor and even said in training that what most people like about her is the fact she's funny.  Along with saying she's funny, Ione also described herself as bold.  Wow, no wonder she's been caregiving for as long as she has.  She has two very important qualities needed to be a good caregiver. It's interesting that she also mentioned in training about wanting to learn more about compassion.  Maybe Ione thinks her boldness overrides her compassion at times.  From what we've heard about her with clients, she has a precise balance of those qualities and more.  Compassion is going the extra mile to do special activities with a client when all the plan of care is met.  Boldness is getting the client to cooperate with the plan of care before doing those activities. Approaching both aspects with a smile and invested attitude makes it all work together for everyone's good.  Compassion is investing not only your time and energy, but money and creativity into doing activities with a client that make her feel needed, valued and special.  Boldness is asking and finding out her client doesn't wear sleeveless tops because it's a choice but because she can't find blouses with sleeves that are big enough and don't fit too tightly.  Compassion is making that client blouses on her own time and delivering them with a smile on her face that says you are far more to me than a paycheck.  Ione gives quality care to every client she meets.  She treats them with respect, discovers what's meaningful to them and incorporates it into their care. Beyond that, she imparts joy into their lives and according to God's word a joyful heart is good medicine.  Thanks, Ione, for investing so much of yourself into others.  We're proud of you!​


Cathy Adams, November CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Cathy Adams, November CAREGiver of the Month 2015

​Kudos to Cathy for being our CAREGiver of the month for November!  Cathy joined our Home Instead family in April of this year.  She was eager to get started in her new career and has been going strong since the day training ended. Cathy was one of the fortunate CAREGivers who got established with a permanent client right away, which is always the goal, but doesn't always happen the way we like, for various reasons.  She's been considerate and consistent in her care to the client and a much needed source of security and peace of mind to the client's husband.  Cathy most certainly can empathize with the situation.  She's had to deal with seeing her own loved one's struggle with health issues and provide care for them.  She knows the toll it takes mentally, physically and emotionally to the family caregiver.  Life doesn't always play fair, but for this family, an angel with a sweet smile and compassionate heart has brought as much joy and healing, as humanly possible, into their situation.  Along with this family, Cathy also started helping another client back in August.  Having a CAREGiver like Cathy spreading more of her loving care around is always a wonderful thing.  It's funny, because in orientation she said what she thinks people like least about her is her "Mommy Syndrome".  Come on, what do people expect?  She's the mother of four children, has nine grandchildren and she doesn't stop there.  She's the mom to several four legged children as well.  She has three dogs and one cat of the home and one stray cat of the backyard. J Cathy just has a heart for all of God's living creatures and is a blessing to each life she touches.  In the world of caregiving, quality, unconditional, loving care is what it's all about.  If that is "Mommy Syndrome"; then what's not to like?  We're proud of you Cathy.  By the way, Mom, can we borrow the car? Gotcha!​


Roberta Robertson, October CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Roberta Robertson, October CAREGiver of the Month 2015

​Thumbs up to Roberta Robertson for being our CAREGiver of the month for October!  This is a fitting month for Roberta to be honored as our CGOM because her first day with Home Instead was October 1, 2013.  If there is any CAREGiver that can empathize with some of the challenges our clients face, it would definitely be Roberta.  Roberta is a survivor of an accident that could have left her disabled forever if she didn't have spunk, determination and more importantly, a strong faith in God   In 1986, Roberta fell 48 feet from a cliff.  It did lots of damage to her body, as you can surely imagine.  Roberta was faced with physical and emotional pain and the choice of how she would respond to this tragedy in her life.  She chose to take her challenges a day at a time, keep a good attitude, and believe in God's word.  (Romans 8 28: And we know that in ALL things GOD works for the good of those who LOVE him, who have been called according to his PURPOSE.)  Roberta had lots of life left in her.  Not only life, but quality of life.  Her drive to recover helped her overcome many challenges.  One of her big accomplishments was learning how to put pantyhose on with one hand.  If you don't think that's big, you should try it sometime.  When Roberta interviewed, she carried herself in such a way, you would never know she had suffered such hardship. Her experience enhanced the fruit of the spirit at work in her life.  She has love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  The clients she cares for, see and feel, all these attributes.  Roberta is conscientious and motivates without being too pushy.  She knows that a client must trust her, so she builds a rapport with them.  It's through that trust, she gets them to do things to improve themselves out of their own desire; not hers.  That's when real healing, cooperation and improvements occur.  Roberta is also an inspiration to the youth of her church by teaching bible class faithfully.  Roberta is a fine example of someone who understands how precious life is and that it shouldn't be wasted.  She improves client's lives each time she arrives at their homes.  She lives to inspire, encourage and edify every person she has opportunity to know and serve.  Thank you, Roberta, for your dedication and the light you bring into all our lives.     


Doris Wright-Slavens, September CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Doris Wright-Slavens, September CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Cheers to Doris for being our CAREGiver of the month for September!  Doris began her caregiving journey with Home Instead Senior Care on March 25, 2014. Doris is someone with a full plate but still finds time to be available to someone in need.  She’s married, the mother of 5, grandmother to 15 and has several great grand babies too!  No wonder she’s a natural caregiver.  One thing about Doris is her calming, laid back demeanor.  She’s cared for a client with pretty severe dementia and handled it so well.  She never seemed to become rattled or unnerved, even when the client would introduce her by a different name every time they met his friends at a restaurant for coffee.  One time he even introduced her as one of the guys with a man’s name.  She just smiled and went along with it!  She does what she can, for each client, to keep them connected to the things important to them. She sees the whole person, their life and the extraordinary qualities that make them uniquely who they are, which causes her to step up and answer the calls for filling in for shifts.  Her heart is to make sure someone who needs her has their needs met, even if it means putting aside something she had planned for herself to get it done.  Doris is soft spoken, but not shy or too reserved.  She’s gentle by nature, but tough in facing the difficult situations in life head on.  She doesn’t back down from what life throws at her, she equips herself as best she can mentally, emotionally and physically; then carries on.  Her attitude about her own life carries over into the care she provides to clients. She relates to them so well because clients are often times in difficult situations or in the state they are in because of things that have happened to or been done to them.  Doris can empathize but not to a fault.  Too much empathy can look too much like pity and not enough keeps her from connecting.  Doris is the whole CAREGiver package and her clients know it through her words and actions.  Doris is Deliberate, Observant, Reliable, Intuitive and Sincere as a CAREGiver.  Those qualities, and so much more, are the reason Doris was selected as our CAREGiver of the Month for September. Thank you, Doris, for all you do.  You’re a blessing to all who know you!


Amber Childs, August CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Amber Childs, August CAREGiver of the Month 2015

​Hats off to Amber Childs for being our CAREGiver of the month for August!!!! Amber is quickly approaching her 3 year anniversary with Home Instead.  She began her career in January of 2013 and has done a wonderful job providing care to every client she has been assigned to.  Looking back at the training class Amber was in; she is the only one left out of seven people we tried to hire at the time.  So what is so different about Amber that she stayed when the others moved on or never even started?  More than likely the answer to that is for some people this was just a job; something to do because there was nothing else they could do, but for Amber, caregiving is not just about showing up, getting through a shift and picking up a paycheck, it's about improving the quality of life for another human being.    Amber has a genuine love for all people.  She has such a tender heart and compassion that emanates from every fiber of her being. Clients are not just clients, they're people who become a part of her own life story and history. Maybe she is drawn to the care of the elderly because of her own relationship with her grandparents. She has proven, repeatedly, that she treats clients the way she would want her own loved ones to be treated.  That kind of attitude gets her through the tough stuff and keeps her going back time and time again.  In fact, it really bothers Amber if something comes up in her personal life that keeps her from a caregiving obligation.  You can see, and almost feel, the turmoil she is going through when she is unable to go take care of a client who trusts and depends on her.  That speaks volumes to her character and distinguishes her as a caregiving professional.  Amber is Attentive to her client's needs and Meticulous in meeting those needs. She's Beneficent because she has a heart for those in need and gives generously of her time, talents and resources to brighten someone's day. She's Earnest about the feelings she has for clients and wanting to provide the best care she possibly can.  Finally, she is Reliable to show up on time, do what she says she will do and win the hearts of those in her care.  Amber is a blessing in so many ways, personally and professionally, and that's why we're very proud to announce she is our esteemed CAREGiver of the Month for August!


Shirley Garrison, July CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Shirley Garrison, July CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Way to go, Shirley Garrison, for being our CAREGiver of the month for July!  Shirley began her caregiving career with Home Instead in June of 2014.  Everything about Shirley, from her smile, to her tender, compassionate voice, defines her and proves that she is in the line of work God designed her to be in.  Shirley's demeanor gives those around her a sense of Security.  You know she not only has the right heart, but the knowledge to handle whatever life might decide to throw at her that day.  She provides Hope through her positive attitude.  She Inspires people to not be brought down by the challenges of today, but encourages them to strive to overcome those challenges and turn them into the successes of tomorrow.  She's Reliable far beyond anyone's expectations.  Recently, another caregiver was running late to relieve Shirley from a shift because her alarm didn't go off, which could have caused Shirley issues with another employer. In spite of the difficulties I'm sure it caused her, she stayed, without complaint, until her replacement arrived and she knew the client was cared for. That showed great Loyalty and selflessness, which are qualities so natural to Shirley, that she probably thought what she did was no big deal.  It was a big deal and all involved in the situation noticed.  Shirley's also so Exuberant and that's a mystery to me because it seems like she never stops working to take time for herself.  Where does all that energy and vitality come from?  Serving? Caring for others?  Knowing she's making a positive difference every day in someone's life?  I bet Shirley would say, "All of the above and then some!"  Shirley is a go getter and doesn't Yield to anything until the job is done. Not only done, but done well.  Shirley's life reflects this quote by John Wesley. "Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as you ever can."

Thank you, Shirley, for your servant's heart and the fine example you are to all of us. We're proud of you! 


Andrea West, June CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Andrea West, June CAREGiver of the Month 2015

​Hats off to Andrea for being our CAREGiver of the Month for June!!!  Andrea has been providing excellent care to Home Instead clients for 5 years.  She is an absolute delight to her clients because she keeps a smile on her face and a spring in her step regardless of her circumstances or theirs.  Andrea is conscientious in every aspect of her caregiving career.  She is conscientious about the guidelines of the company and embraces them.  She is someone who holds herself to a very high standard and wants to make sure she does everything as expected and promised.  When our office system, ClearCare, sends her a message that causes her to think there might be a problem, she calls right then to make sure everything is okay.  She’s proactive in affirming she’s done her reporting right rather than waiting to possibly get a call from us after the fact.  We love that about her, plus hearing her voice just gives you a jolt of happiness that invigorates you throughout the rest of the day.  Andrea recently had a health issue that was very scary, but through all of that, she made sure she communicated to the office what was going on so we could make sure the client she cares for was informed and still taken care of in her absence.  Her concern for the client and the company she represents trumped her concerns about herself.  That kind of reaction proves she’s not only conscientious but courageous, compassionate and caring as well.  It took courage to put her own fears aside to keep her client and us from worrying about her.  Courage is nothing new for Andrea, though.  As the client she takes care of continues to decline, she finds courage to face the challenges and adapt her caregiving style to meet her needs.  Andrea brought her client by the office for the Christmas Open House and we got to see her caregiving skills work their magic.  The client was happy and relaxed until Andrea simply turned and took a few steps away from her. Andrea immediately sensed she was overwhelmed, so she turned, smiled and reassured the client all was well.  The client smiled and relaxed once again.  Earned trust and love expressed, at just the right moment, has the power to transform a life, whether you’re the client on the receiving end or simply a bystander fortunate enough to witness it all take place. Way to go, Andrea! We’re proud of you!


Lisa Poffinbarger, May CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Lisa Poffinbarger, May CAREGiver of the Month 2015

​Congratulations are in order of Lisa Poffinbarger for being our CAREGiver of the Month for May!  Lisa started as a CAREGiver in August of 2014 but it seems as though she's been a caregiver forever because she's such a natural.  She is a very soft spoken, quiet person who has a tenderness about her that makes you feel as though you've known her forever.  There's no doubt the clients Lisa cares for have felt comfortable and secure, from the very beginning, having her in their home. She has never failed to put her best foot forward when she's been assigned to someone to care for.  She arrives on time so the clients know she's dedicated to their care.  She goes in with a smile, regardless of her own circumstances, and brings cheer into their lives.  She proves during each shift that they are important to her and she's grateful to help them in the areas they may no longer be able handle on their own.  Lisa has a love for the Lord that pours over into her clients lives.  We all know that actions speak so much louder than words and Lisa's actions express a deep sense of love, compassion and loyalty towards others.  For example, one of her clients gets services paid for through their long term care insurance policy.  In order for the insurance to reimburse the client, Lisa has to double up on clocking in, updating tasks and clocking out.  She has to do it for our own telephony system and then the insurance company's system.  That's a lot to ask of someone, but she has never complained.  All she's wanted to know is what she's expected to do, how to complete it properly and the rest is history.  Lisa is one of those caregivers that could easily slip through the cracks or fly under the radar because she knows her job and makes sure she's were she needs to be, when she needs to be and does what is expected.  Hopefully, through this very special recognition, she will know the job she does day after day, with excellence, doesn't go unnoticed.  Thank you, Lisa, for all you do to transform lives from ordinary to extraordinary.  We're very proud of you!


Betty Kirby, April CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Betty Kirby, April CAREGiver of the Month 2015

​Congratulations to Betty Kirby for being the CAREGiver of the month for April!  Betty has been working with Home Instead since September 14, 2010.  She has made a remarkable difference in the lives of all the clients she has provided care for.  What is amazing about Betty is her drive.  She will stop at nothing to do what she loves to do and that is caring for others.  She has overcome personal health issues and challenges that many of us may have folded under.  She doesn't look for excuses, she looks for answers and pushes on.  Another incredible attribute that defines Betty is her spunk.  She has the courage and spirit to go and accomplish what others may not even be willing to try.  Rooster Cogburn has nothing on Betty because she has "True Grit" running through her veins.  She will do what it takes to meet the needs of others, even in difficult circumstances.  Actually, not only meet the needs, but surpass all expectations with excellence.  One example of surpassing expectations had to do with a client's pet.  Caring for the client is not just about their care, but their home and the things they love, which often times includes pets.  The client's dog passed away and she didn't have the means or ability to bury the dog.  Betty graciously went above and beyond to bury the client's dog.  This was a show of respect for the client that surpassed her job description.  That pet was family to the client, and when it died, a part of the client's heart went with it.  Betty understood that and met her client's needs at every level.  Ain't no mountain high enough or valley low enough, literally, to keep Betty from providing care!  She's tops in our book and the reason she is being recognized as our CAREGiver of the month for April.  Way to go, Betty!​


Sharon Woods, March CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Sharon Woods, March CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Congratulations are in order for Sharon Woods on being the CAREGiver of the Month for March.  Sharon started as a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care in September of 2012.  She has been a delight to work with from the very beginning.  She is small in stature but tall in character. Sharon warms your soul with her smile.  She has a sweet, pleasant disposition any time you see her and clients love the tender loving care she provides.   So where does the spirit that Sharon possesses come from?  You take a look at her life and you see the One she serves.  Home Instead Senior Care has a list of core values that should express the attitude each of us has regardless of the title we hold.  The first core value states that we honor God in all we do.  2 Corinthians 4:5 says, “Our love for God will be expressed in our love for others.  For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord.”  Sharon doesn’t need a pulpit to speak loud and clear for God.  With each act of kindness to someone in need she is proclaiming the goodness of the Spirit alive within her.  Another scripture that defines Sharon is 1 Peter 4:10 that states, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”   Sharon administers God’s grace by the Security she provides.  She Honors the person she cares for by being Adaptable in her caregiving style to meet their needs, in the fashion they prefer, rather than what may be easier for her.  Sharon is Responsible to show on time and do what is expected.  She also takes every Opportunity to Nurture people in every aspect of their life whether it’s mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually.  Sharon does a beautiful job using her gift of caregiving to bless others and glorify God regardless of the difficulty of the tasks she may be asked to do.  It is because of her attitude and fruits of her labor that we are very happy to express our gratitude by awarding her the esteemed CAREGiver of the month award for March.  Thank you, Sharon, for each act of care offered in love.  We’re all very proud of you!


Ruth Stone, February CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Ruth Stone, February CAREGiver of the Month 2015

Way to go, Ruth Stone, for being the CAREGiver of the month for February!  Ruth began her career with Home Instead May 13, 2014, but caregiving was nothing new for her.  Most of her references stated that Ruth had cared for either their Dad, Mom or spouse.  A couple of people I spoke with used the word “Calling” to describe a caregiving quality they saw in Ruth.  In fact, one stated, “She’s a wonderful, caring, loving person. This work is her God calling.  You won’t find a better one than Ruth.”  Little did I know that her words would ring true over and over again in the character and caregiving provided by Ruth.  Ruth’s name, in the Hebrew, means companion or friend.  Ruth connects with her clients and their family members at that deep of a level. Although she connects well, she’s careful to watch expressing her opinions and becoming too involved.  That’s very difficult as a caregiver, but so critical in keeping a healthy working relationship.  Ultimately, through actions, not opinion, people know she genuinely cares, is knowledgeable, skilled and willing do everything in her power to provide the best care possible.  The other meaning for the name Ruth in the Hebrew is “vision of beauty”!  I love that. Ruth is a vision of beauty through the warmth of her smile, brightness in her eyes, gentleness of her touch, kindness in her speech and compassion in her heart. Ruth is beauty by Being there to Encourage someone to live life to the fullest each and every day and continue to see their value.  Her beauty is Affirming to someone that she’ll be there, regardless of circumstances, and truly see them for the Unique individual God designed them to be.  Ruth’s beauty is also revealed in finding a way to Transform someone’s thinking so they Yearn to discover what life still has to offer rather than dwell on the part of life that has already gone by.  Ruth goes the distance, through rain, sleet, snow and hail, to get the job done. We are grateful to have her as part of our Home Instead family and pleased to honor her with the February 2015 CAREGiver of the month award.  Congratulations, Ruth!  Thank you for a job well done. 


Isela Hernandez, January CAREGiver of the Year 2015

Isela Hernandez, January CAREGiver of the Year 2015

​Congratulations are in order for Isela Hernandez being the CAREGiver of the month for January.  Isela became a Home Instead CAREGiver in June of 2013.  Isela is the kind of person that immediately captivates you with her sweet, calming spirit, and a smile that lets you know her beauty is not just skin deep, but radiantly evident by who she is within. It was consistently stated by her references that she is very loving.  During the entire time that Isela has cared for clients, she has proven that statement to be true.  It's also easy to tell that she's a wonderful mother.  You can see the pride in her face when she speaks of her kids.  She works hard to provide them with opportunity to be all they long to be. Isela, from the beginning, has been a planner and go getter.  Rather than making excuses of why she couldn't work because of her kids, she took what shifts were available and tirelessly made arrangements for her kids to be taken care of.  Not easy, but doable with a will like hers.  She communicated well and often about the hours that would work best for her to maximize her time with her kids and allow her to work enough hours to be the kind of provider she dedicates herself to being.  With diligence and initiative in seeking a solution, Isela and scheduling eventually found the best match for her.  There is never any doubt that Isela serves with excellence. She's patient, hardworking, kind, responsible, trustworthy, and dedicated. She not only meets the needs of a client's assessment, she goes above and beyond, when and where she can, to prove this is not just a job, but a passion for her.  Loving and caring for people is what Isela does best, even if gratitude is not expressed as it should be.  Isela, your dedication does not go unnoticed and it is with great pleasure, we honor you as our CAREGiver of the month! 


Jamie Jackson, December CAREGiver of the Month AND YEAR! 2014

Jamie Jackson, December CAREGiver of the Month AND YEAR! 2014

Jamie began working with Home Instead Senior Care in July of 2012.  Jamie had been doing factory work for 6 years and was looking for something new.  She chose the right career because she excels in every aspect of caregiving.  Maybe she was inspired to do this line of work because of her relationship with her Grandma.  Jamie stayed with her Grandma to make sure she was well taken care of. I’m sure she could sense her Grandma’s gratitude and see how it eased her anxiety knowing she was not alone and her needs were being met.  Jamie cares for others just as she did her own loved one and it is noticed by clients and their family members alike.  Jamie has, from the beginning, been a great caregiver; however, she’s the kind of person that strives to improve herself and the job she does. She decided to take CNA classes at the end of 2013 and became a certified CNA in January, 2014.  Although Jamie’s skills were improved on and it’s always a good thing to learn as much as you can, the greatest part of her caregiving is the heart and soul she puts into it.  Jamie is Joyful, Attentive, Meticulous, Inspirational and Efficient.  Her attitude of caring along with her beautiful smile is good medicine to the clients she cares for.  Thank you, Jamie, for giving willingly, lovingly and thoroughly of yourself to make the lives of others happier.  We’re all so proud of you!​


Sarah Davidson, November CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Sarah Davidson, November CAREGiver of the Month 2014

​Congratulations to Sarah for being our CAREGiver of the month for November!  Sarah began her caregiving career with Home Instead Senior Care on March 25th of this year.  She has repeatedly proven her dedication to serving others and no matter what she is asked to do, she does it with a good attitude and willing heart.  Sarah goes the extra mile figuratively and literally.  She has accepted shifts that have required extra time and mileage just to make sure a client’s needs are met.  One of her clients has been in the hospital and rehab for a while and made this statement about her when he returned home and resumed his services. “I just wanted to let you know that Sarah returned this morning and performed her duties as if I had never been away….. She is doing an excellent job and you need to know the kind of performance.”  The client mentioned specifics in between those statements that proved Sarah is attentive and pays close attention to detail that is extremely important to the client’s wellbeing.  Another thing that sets Sarah apart is her excellent communication with clients and the office.  She returns calls and works every angle to try and be available to meet the needs of those who desperately need her.  She puts others before herself and realizes the services she’s providing truly mean the difference between existing and living.  Sarah is Superb at realizing a hand extended in love touches a heart, provides comfort, offers security and shows the greatest form of dignity and respect every human being is entitled to.  Sarah has a sweet spirit that brings a breath of fresh air to her clients, makes them feel protected and allows her to be the healing touch they long for and need.  Thanks, Sarah, for a job well done!



Sue Steudeman, October CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Sue Steudeman, October CAREGiver of the Month 2014

​Congratulations to Sue Steudeman for being our CAREGiver of the month for October!  Sue began her career with Home Instead in September of this year. In her short time here, she has received praises for a job well done and has also made it a point to state how much she loves her job.  Those things combined played a big part in her receiving this honor.  Sue was in this line of work many years ago and she left it to care for her Mom, who was ill.  She worked other places after that mainly doing factory and janitorial work, but she knew her passion was in taking care of others.  She stated in her interview that she wanted to get back in this field.  God brought her full circle to the place where she is most fulfilled by caring for others.  It was said by one of her previous employers in a reference check, “there aren’t many like her, I wish I had more like her”.  It was also stated repeatedly by other references that she’s passionate, compassionate, prompt, kind hearted and dependable, among other things.  Sue has, in her short time here, proven that all those statements about her are true.  One fascinating thing about this job, is watching God work in putting the right CAREGiver and client or clients together.  We can do our part in the office, but at the end of the day, you can see that there’s a greater power at work and we all are merely tools in the master plan.  It was said of Sue, by a client’s family member, that we couldn’t have picked a better fit for his loved one.  Sue has brought a comfort and peace of mind to a family desperately needing help and relief from full time care of their loved one.  She has gained their trust through her dependability and reliability.  She is faithful to show up seven days a week.  She has shown her skill in observing what the client needs at a particular moment and rising to each individual circumstance.  Sometimes the client needs more space and other times she needs more attention.  Finding a balance and being attentive is an important part of what Sue does.   Finally, Sue shares her heart through her compassion and sweet spirit.  Thank you, Sue, for a job well done! 


Rey Gonzalez, September CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Rey Gonzalez, September CAREGiver of the Month 2014

​Congratulations to Rey Gonzalez for being our CAREGiver of the month for September.  Rey began his caregiving career with Home Instead in July 2013 and has made a tremendous difference in the lives of all the clients he serves.  Rey always shows up prepared to do his job in every way.  He is prepared physically, mentally and emotionally.  No matter where you see Rey, he is dressed for success and portrays himself as a true professional in every sense of the word.  He prepares himself mentally in knowing the needs of his clients and how he can best be prepared to serve them.  Finally, he is prepared emotionally to make his caregiving experience about the client and not about himself and all he may have going on in his life.  Rey has the attitude of being blessed; therefore, he easily blesses others simply by his attitude.  Before Rey came to Home Instead, he had provided care for people more from the dietary stand point, but had the heart to help people in any way he could.  It was not just about the diet, it was about serving others in whatever way they needed.  If someone needed to be fed; he did it.  If they needed something special he could prepare; he did it.  A true servant’s heart is not about what is convenient or easy on them, but what enhances the lives of those they are serving.  Rey genuinely loves people and it shows; especially in his smile.  Another quality that Rey has is confidence.  A CAREGivers confidence can be a deciding factor in whether they win a client’s trust at vulnerable times in their lives or not.  One of his references said, “Rey is a very nice caring person.  He’s very good with dependability and a good communicator.  I would trust him with my life.  He would be an excellent employee for you.”  Clients feel safe and secure in Rey’s care because of the qualities his reference described, so it’s no wonder he has been awarded the honor of being our CAREGiver of the month.  Thank you, Rey, for your dedication and excellent care you provide.  We’re proud of you and thankful you’re part of our Home Instead family.



Helen Ragan, August CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Helen Ragan, August CAREGiver of the Month 2014

​High fives all around for Helen being CAREGiver of the month for August! Helen began her caregiving career with Home Instead on January 20, 2014.  In the hiring process, many references are checked on applicants.  One of Helen’s personal references stated, “She never meets a stranger and she’s a good person all around.  If I needed her I knew she’d be there”.  Another stated, “ She’s compassionate, caring, loving, one of a kind, all around good person who would give you the shirt off her back, puts others first and she always takes the time to stop and give me a hug if she sees me out when she’s driving by.”  Wow, what remarkable compliments and Helen has lived up to each and every word stated by those references.  Clients love that they can depend on her.  She’s attentive and communicates well with the office if she notices a concern or change in a client.  She’s also the person that when the office calls about a shift and she answers the phone she says, “Hold on just a minute so I can get something to write this down.”  Her attitude is positive and she thinks of how much someone needs her instead of what she may want.  She’s grateful for flexibility, but realizes flexibility is more about meeting a client’s flexibility than her own.  People see she’s genuine and they love her for it.  Another very special quality about Helen is her sense of humor.  She can say something that is so funny and keep a straight face.  The ability to laugh and get others to laugh with you is a great gift.  She is the sunshine to her clients that chases away the gray clouds and makes them happy.  Helen is a super person and super CAREGiver.  She is a blessing to all who know her and we’re very proud to honor her with the title of CAREGiver of the month.         


Roberta Robertson, July CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Roberta Robertson, July CAREGiver of the Month 2014

​Hats off to Roberta Robertson for being CAREGiver of the Month for July! Roberta began her wonderful, life changing caregiver position with Home Instead on October 1, 2013. Everything about Roberta draws you to her and makes you want to be around her more. Her smile is warm and inviting. Her speech is soft spoken with kindness and each sentence seems to end with a punctuation of love. Her compassion runs deep because of her own personal trials that challenged her mentally, physically and spiritually. She understands full well what it’s like to go from being fully independent to fully dependent in the blink of an eye, but the beautiful thing about Roberta is, she made a choice not to let her challenges dictate her joy, but through her faith, let her joy dictate how she would overcome her challenges. That’s the attitude she takes into the homes of those she cares for and inspires them to live and work with what they do have; not grieve over what they don’t. She brings to life the saying, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain!” Her ability to dance in the rain with a smile encourages others to want what she has and strive for more in life. There is a scripture that says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones”. Roberta’s joy spills over into the lives she touches. She’s an incredible caregiver making an incredible difference with as many people as she can. Her eagerness to take shifts and serve whenever she can proves this work is personal to her. It’s her opportunity to shine and she shines bright! Thank you, Roberta, for the care you provide, work ethic you exhibit and incredible faith that inspires people to laugh through their storms and keep on dancing!


Amanda Higgins, May CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Amanda Higgins, May CAREGiver of the Month 2014

​Cheers to Amanda Higgins for being CAREGiver of the month for May.  Amanda began her career as a Home Instead CAREGiver in July of 2013. From day one, Amanda has done a beautiful job connecting with her clients.  They can see she is genuine in her concern for them and tell immediately she is willing to step up confidently to challenges they may have to meet their needs.   One of the things that really stands out about Amanda is her calming and humble demeanor.  She’s not overly excitable, which builds confidence and trust with her clients.  Trust is the foundation to any relationship and the doorway to providing excellent care to clients.   Amanda has been a go getter in trying new things.  She’s never shied away from working with different types of equipment or people at different levels in their care needs.  She’s been with client’s that need minimal to moderate assistance all the way up to providing excellent care to someone at the end of his life.  She showed compassion and empathy but remained professional through the process and dealt with her own grief and loss when she was out of the presence of the family.  That’s a strength and mark of a true CAREGiver.    It’s impossible for a true CAREGiver not to get attached, because caregivers live and serve from the heart, but it’s the mark of an excellent CAREGiver when they can hold their emotion in check to make sure they provide support to a family who just suffered a great loss.  Thank you, Amanda, for investing so much of yourself into improving the lives of others.  Your commitment means so much to your Home Instead family and especially the clients you serve.  Congratulations on receiving this much deserved honor.  We’re proud of you!             


Sarah Butler, June CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Sarah Butler, June CAREGiver of the Month 2014

​Congratulations, Sarah, for being CAREGiver of the month for June! Sarah started with Home Instead in January 2013 and has kept that bright smile you see above since day one! Sarah’s bubbly, energetic personality is contagious to those of us in the office, and more importantly, to the client’s she has the honor of serving.  Another thing, besides her smile, that is so amazing about Sarah, is the fact she has never let a new challenge intimidate her. In spite of her size she goes full speed ahead and meets each new day’s challenges with bright eyes and a spring in her step that shows confidence in her abilities and provides comfort to the clients she cares for.  Determination and a willing heart have helped Sarah grow in caregiving skills.  Sarah is thorough in knowing what a client’s needs are and what is expected of her while she is providing care.  She loves to look for ways to make those she cares for stronger in every way possible.  Her smile is a good medicine that touches their heart and brings strength and joy to their spirit.  Her confidence earns their trust right away and brings reassurance and peace to their mind.  Finally, her encouragement helps them regain the strength they need physically to live each day to the fullest.   Sarah cares deeply.  It shows in the care she provides and is expressed often through compliments of her client’s and their family members.  Thank you, Sarah, for making a big difference in the lives of others.  We appreciate you!​


Krystina Davis, April CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Krystina Davis, April CAREGiver of the Month 2014

​Way to go, Krystina, for being CAREGiver of the month for April!  Krystina stepped into the world of caregiving for Home Instead just 5 short months ago.  She has brought a spirit of enthusiasm that has taken everyone by storm.  Krystina is excited over the opportunity to change lives and is quick to find creative ways to get past many of the challenges some of her clients present.  When Krystina started working for HI she also had another full time job that she had held for several years.  That’s quite a testimony for someone of such a young age.  That job involved serving people in the food industry.  She loved visiting with the patrons of the business, but deep down she knew her life was made for serving others in a deeper way.  She’s been a missionary to China on a few occasions and plans on returning.  Caring for and reaching out to people is the passion that God has placed in her heart.  That’s why she has chosen to be a full time CAREGiver for HISC and we couldn’t be happier.  Soon after she started working with HI an opportunity to help an Asian family learn how to cook healthier meals came up.  There was a language barrier that might make most of us a little nervous, but Krystina was delighted and unintimidated because of her experiences in China.  Coincidence in the timing of new caregiver and new client? I think not.  When you have a company with a core value of honoring God in all we do combined with a genuine, servants heart, all you have to do is sit back and watch great things unfold that changes lives forever.  Thank you, Krystina, for being a beautiful representation of all Home Instead stands for.  You’re an inspiration to us all!!!​


Beverly Crouse, March CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Beverly Crouse, March CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Congratulations, Beverly, for being our CAREGiver of the month for March.  Beverly started her career with Home Instead in August of 2008 and has changed lives dramatically through tender loving care since day one.  Two of her greatest assets people recognize right away, are her heartwarming smile and contagious girlish giggle.  The picture above is proof that her smile comes from deep within.  It isn’t just surface, but springs from a joyful heart that is part of her true nature.  Beverly is the kind of CAREGiver that works to find solutions; rather than excuses.  She’s been known to be flexible, more often than not, to meet her client’s needs.  She has a true compassionate heart and looks past her own wants or needs and focuses on the needs of those she has the honor of serving.  Maybe that’s the key.  Beverly sees what she does as an honor; not just a job.  She’s living proof that a heart is more joyful and a life more fulfilled by serving, rather than being served.  Beverly also is a person of wisdom.  Life has grown her in skills and knowledge through experiences, but it’s her wisdom in knowing the value of those things that sets her apart.  Skills can be taught, but it’s the heart of the person practicing those skills and providing that care that sets them apart from others who are using the same skills.  Beverly understands that at some point and time everyone is going to need help with something.  Age, accidents or illnesses can alter life in ways we never imagined.  Beverly is the kind of person who determines each day to treat her clients as she would want her own loved ones treated or possibly even herself one day.  Thank you, Beverly, for sharing your heart, knowledge and wisdom in such beautiful ways.  The golden years of those you care for are much brighter because of you. Shine on girl, we’re proud of you! ​

Shirley Harper, January CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Shirley Harper, January CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Congratulations are in order for Shirley Harper for being CAREGiver of the month for January!!! Have you ever had one of those moments when someone appeared into your life and you knew that person would be a blessing to you?  In August of 2012, I had one of those moments when Shirley walked into Home Instead and applied to be a CAREGiver.  Since that day, from what we hear from her clients, she has brought that same feeling to them as well.  Shirley is small in stature but has a heart the size of Mount Everest.  She sees a person for who they are and strives to meet their needs and make them feel valued.  Even in awkward moments of care giving, when some behaviors may be challenging, she keeps her focus on the person, not the diagnosis or behavior, and calmly faces the challenge in a respectful way, always keeping their feelings, rather than her own, in mind.  Shirley is a beautiful combination of many qualities that make a good CAREGiver.  She’s Sensitive to others needs. She’s Happy and brings a joyful spirit into each life she touches.  She’s a person of Integrity so people feel safe and secure in her presence.  She’s Reliable by showing up when expected and stepping up to fill shifts whenever possible.  She’s Loyal to fulfill her obligations and bring stability into a person’s life.  She’s Enthusiastic about meeting needs and reminding people that there is still good in a world where we hear and see so much negativity.  Finally, she Yearns to see people’s lives changed for the better.  Shirley lives up to the core values that make our company shine.  She’s enhancing lives every single day and we are blessed to have her part of our HISC family.  Thank you, Shirley, for blessing us and it is our great privilege to honor you as CAREGiver of the month.          

Jill Barker, February CAREGiver of the Month 2014

Jill Barker, February CAREGiver of the Month 2014

​Way to go, Jill Barker, for being the CAREGiver of the month for February.  Jill began her caregiving career with Home Instead in May of 2011 and has been a blessing to her clients since day one with her ability to make them feel comfortable and as though they’ve known her all their lives.  Jill loves to talk and build relationships with her clients.  With building a good relationship foundation, Jill is able to encourage clients to do what’s best for them, even if they may not agree or feel like it at the moment.  Since Jill puts relationship first, everything else about being a CAREGiver, and meeting a plan of care, seems to fall into place.  She lives up to the old saying of, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”  Jill’s clients know she has their best interest at heart, so they listen to her guidance and insistence about doing the things she knows they need to do to keep themselves physically, emotionally and mentally sharp for as long as possible.  Jill is just an all-around good CAREGiver and possesses so many qualities that we associate with caregiving such as patience, kindness, compassion, empathy, dependability and reliability to name a few. One quality she recently displayed that is not often associated with being a CAREGiver is courage.  A client that Jill has been with a long time told her one day that he knew he wasn’t going to live much longer.  Jill could’ve run and said she couldn’t handle that, but instead, she provided loving care up until he passed from this life into eternal life.  Jill stood lovingly by his side and his family’s side.  She held her own grief in to provide support for everyone else.  Jill had such a wonderful relationship with the gentleman she served and his family that she was asked to sit with the family at the funeral and was mentioned in his obituary.  That kind of honor is the most beautiful expression of appreciation and recognition of a job well done.  It’s because of that kind of dedication and heart that Jill is being honored as our CAREGiver of the month.  Thank you, Jill, for your servant’s heart and proving day in and day out that this is not just a job; it’s a priceless opportunity to make a difference in the life of others.  We’re proud of you!    


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