Nine years ago – five years before she became an award-winning CAREGiver
for Home Instead Senior Care, Jennifer decided to become a private-duty
caregiver as part of a career change. “I had worked in other areas of the
medical field as a pharmacy technician, a customer service representative at a
durable medical equipment company and as a patient accounts specialist, but I
wanted to try the patient or client-care side of things,” Jennifer said. Read More...
Nov. 21, 2017, Renee joined the Home Instead Senior Care franchise in
Martinsburg, an award-winning company that serves 41 towns and cities in West
Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. One year later, Renee was honored as CAREGiver of
also has become an expert at time management. She has college classes from
Monday through Thursday, although she has only one class on Mondays. April
works for Home Instead Senior Care on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Read more...
the Home Instead Senior Care staff credit for thinking Lisa might be the
perfect match for the 98-year-old client, even if it was a tough first day.
Lisa said: “I was told beforehand that she ‘was challenging,’ but the office
asked, ‘Could you try her?’ ” The client’s husband had died some years earlier,
and the widow had gotten used to being by herself a lot of the time. But Lisa
won her over and worked with the client for three years before she died a year
ago. Read more...
her pursuit of a CAREGiver position, Pam said: “It was just time to go back to
work. I had homeschooled two daughters, and the second one graduated. I had
been waiting for a school district job as a homebound teacher to come open when
I applied online with Home Instead. I took the Home Instead job and immediately
fell in love with it.” Read more...
her final year in Jackson, Tennessee, Judy was a drug and alcohol
rehabilitation counselor. “It was one of the most rewarding years of my life. I
went to AA meetings with clients, worked closely with the woman clients and
helped in other ways. I still get text messages from ‘my girls,’ and they
grieved with me when my husband died. I tried to model happiness without drugs
or alcohol,” she said. Read more...
had been a private-duty caregiver until her client passed away last year. After
she was out of work for several months, a friend suggested Home Instead Senior
Care. “My friend had been a CAREGiver for two or three years,” Janet recalled.
“Everything clicked from the start. I was happy with the orientation and
training; most of it was a good review. The clients have been good matches.” Read more...
had been a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Geriatric Nursing Assistant
(GNA) since she was 17, keeping the licensing continuously current until two
years ago. That’s when she chose to remain at home with her family’s two active
children and served as a family caregiver for several elderly relatives. Before
devoting herself to family, Crystal worked in two skilled nursing communities
for a total of 17 years, including 12 years at a facility that specialized in
Alzheimer’s and other dementia care. Read more...
only previous caregiving had come for her own family that includes three
daughters between the ages of 18 and 11. She quickly added: “I’ve helped my
mother on occasion because of surgeries and illnesses, and I have assisted
numerous times with other family for the same reasons.” At one point in her
earlier years, Lori had thought about nursing, but time constraints were an
issue. “Home Instead seemed like the perfect fit,” Lori said. Read more...
intuition was in place long before she joined Home Instead Senior Care of
Martinsburg in September 2017. “I’ve done this type of work my whole life. I am
a 1991 high school graduate, and after high school I took a CNA class at a
nursing home and became certified. I’ve worked both in a nursing home and in
hospital settings, and I’ve been a private-duty caregiver,” Angela said. Read more...
also is a full-time college student who takes 12 credit hours during four
three-hour classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at Shepherd University. In addition
to working for owner Keith Clay’s Home Instead franchise that serves West
Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Savanna has a part-time weekend job in which she
helps with special-needs adults. Read more...
pointed out she could not do her job without strong family support. “I have
been happily married for 11 years to John, who is my best friend. John is
tickled to death that I have this job as a CAREGiver because he sees I have joy
and love in my heart from taking care of seniors. I think of my parents, who
are both gone, when I help my clients,” said Arlene, a seven-year cancer
survivor of a lethal and aggressive form of the disease that was caught early. Read more...
Arielle's total service time with Home Instead Senior Care® of Martinsburg is nearly two years. She started in October 2015 and took about three months to explore Florida before returning to owner Keith Clay's award-winning franchise, which serves West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. "When I came back to Home Instead Senior Care, I was assigned to the same client I had been helping when I first started. Nina, our scheduler, said 'yes' when I inquired about rejoining the client. It was a win-win for all of us," Arielle said. Read more...
CAREGiver of the Month Marni Beall tried to fight back tears and took a moment to compose herself while describing a couple of memorable moments with a late client, one of Marni's first when she joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Read more...
said accompanying her client on backyard walks also is important. “Her heart is
still in a good-sized yard with flowers. She tries to remember the names of the
flowers. I wait for her to name them, and it is a good exercise. Her family is
close to her and supportive, and I love that.” Read more...
Sarah had more than 10 years of senior care experience when she joined the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle in September 2016. Sarah had worked for a senior center and as a private-duty caregiver before becoming a CAREGiver who has a big heart for dementia clients. Read more...
Making people feel good has earned the tag of "Home Instead's Social Butterfly" for Penny, who is viewed as a CAREGiver who can be sent into any situation, no matter how challenging. In fact, one staff member has a different name for Penny when there is a need for a last-minute fill-in CAREGiver at owner Aaron Blight's award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle from its Martinsburg office. Read more...
challenges, Elise said she has loved her job since she started Nov. 4, 2016.
Living in Berkeley County, she noticed how much a friend enjoyed her senior
services job with a company similar to Home Instead Senior Care. “She got me
interested in senior care work. I had been a preschool teachers’ aide for two
years. I helped with special education students plus those with autism. Read more...
It was no surprise to those who know the big-hearted Terra when she recently was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for owner Aaron Blight's award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle from its Martinsburg office. Terra's motivation is simple: "I like helping people." Read more...
is evident that Erica, a mother of four children and grandmother of three, has
a compassionate heart and knows how to help people. Nine months after joining
Home Instead, Erica was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for owner
Aaron Blight’s award-winning franchise that serves West Virginia’s Eastern
Panhandle from its Martinsburg office. Read more...
Pam, who has had four
regular clients since joining Home Instead Senior Care in October 2016, also
has a dementia client with whom she works on a fill-in basis. “She is very
sweet,” Pam said. “She is a retired hairdresser. One night, she got up at 12:30
and was doing her hair in the bathroom." Read more...
“My client’s wife wanted to watch a TV show, so I spent an hour trying to figure out why the breaker for their room wouldn’t work. Finally, I learned they had put in a new smoke detector, and somehow it was causing the lights to go off. I called the client’s son, and he temporarily fixed it until they could call an electrician the next day,” said Natalie, who assists seniors on behalf of owner Aaron Blight’s award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle from its Martinsburg office. Read more...
Amanda has made a career of helping people. She has cared off and on for a sister, afflicted with cerebral palsy, since Amanda was 12. “In 2003,” Amanda said, “I started working at nursing homes. In 2004, a nursing home put me through a CNA class, and I earned my license. I worked at nursing homes until the beginning of 2009. After that, I branched out to home health care and private-duty caregiving. I kept the license until the end of 2013, when I did not realize it had expired until I applied for a job that required it.” Read more...
“The client called me ‘his lifesaver.’ The iPhone was frozen as solid as an ice cube,” said Daisy, the CAREGiver of the Month for owner Aaron Blight’s award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle from its Martinsburg office. Read more...
CAREGiver of the Month Sue Brady knew she had won her 85-year-old client’s trust when he handed over his truck key and asked her to take him to a dentist’s appointment. Sue joked that no man, no matter the age, ever willingly gives up his truck key. Read more...
Janet found success at owner Aaron Blight’s award-winning franchise that serves West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle from its Martinsburg office, and she was honored as the October CAREGiver of the Month. “I had been licensed for about everything you’d need to take care of people in their homes in my previous job. Early in my career, I tried nursing-home work, but I saw inadequacies. It was frustrating, so I decided not to continue there,” Janet said. Read more...
Teresa knows the importance of a helping hand and compassionate heart. She and her husband needed assistance in caring for their late daughter nine years ago, and it is part of the reason Teresa is a CAREGiver for owner Aaron Blight’s award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle from its Martinsburg office. Read more...
When she was a teen, Jennifer recalled: “Grandpa had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and sarcoidosis, and he needed supplemental oxygen and carted around a tank. I cooked for him and helped him bathe. I washed and brushed my grandmother’s hair. She had mobility challenges because her knees were worn out. She died after suffering her second stroke when I was 20. My grandparents took care of my sister and me, so it was an easy choice to help take care of them.” Read more...
The proof is in her performance: Kat has been selected as a Hand and Heart Award winner, and CAREGiver of the Month for July for the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle from its Martinsburg office. And Kat is just getting started – she joined owner Aaron Blight’s franchise April 5. Read more...
The 1977 graduate of California
State University-Fullerton had been an account manager for insurance performance
claims, a claims professional, a technical claims expert and a hospital audit
clerk. Among Steve’s many skills are
property and casualty, risk management, automobile claims, insurance, claims
management, team building, strategic planning, workers compensation,
compliance, process improvement and job training. Now he can add another:
senior caregiving. Read more...
CAREGiver of the Month Katherine Bailey's dedication to helping seniors was evident long before she joined the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® of Martinsburg, West Virginia, in June 2015. Read more...
Bunny’s road to her CAREGiver of the Month honor at Home Instead Senior
Care started five years ago, when she became a private-duty caregiver to help a
friend's senior loved one. She assisted the man for three years before he died
of cancer. Read more...
CAREGiver of the Month Leigha Lucas had the perfect connection – Martinsburg Firefighter Bradley Knieriem – to make her final day with a client a special one. Leigha worked with Bradley to arrange a trip for her client to the Martinsburg Fire Station on North Raleigh Street for one last chat with the firemen. Leigha knew the surprise would thrill her client before he moved out of town to be closer to family. Read more...
Autumn added: “Sure, it has its good days and bad just like any other
job, but I have gotten really close to a lot of clients. The tough part of the
job is losing clients to death or when they move into skilled nursing
facilities. Read more...
Serving seniors on behalf of owner Aaron Blight’s franchise has been a
source of pride and fulfillment for Melissa. “I love my job, and I feel I fit
right in as a CAREGiver,” said the Inwood, West Virginia, resident. “All
clients will have bad days now and then. You have to keep in mind: It’s not you;
never take it personally.” Melissa’s family caregiving experiences include helping
a grandfather who died of cancer and assistance for an aunt who suffered a
stroke. Read more...
While working with
her dementia client, Shelley discovered singing was the best way to provide
companionship, comfort and direction. Sometimes Shelley sings for two of her
five hours each weekday with the senior, who was her first client when she
became a CAREGiver in June 2015. Read more...
Arbutus was chatting with a trusted longtime co-worker friend and heard
about Home Instead Senior Care® and its one-on-one
care of seniors. The first phone number Arbutus tracked down connected her to a
Home Instead Senior Care office in Maryland. It was serendipity – or an answer
to prayer – when she learned about owner Aaron Blight’s franchise in her
hometown of Martinsburg. Read more...
CAREGiver of the Month at Home Instead Senior Care® of
Martinsburg, West Virginia, paused and answered. “I told her it was in God’s
timing and in His hands. Since she had a strong faith, I knew my words served
as a comfort to her,” Lillian said. Read more...
The grandparents of the September CAREGiver of the Month modeled selfless senior care when the CAREGiver was young, and her grandparents’ compassion made a big impression. Read more...
Logan complimented the franchise training as well as Home Instead’s quest for ongoing education for CAREGivers. For instance, Logan has completed the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® Training Program. “I’ve had one client with dementia symptoms that includes confusion and agitation late in the afternoon. The training helps me to understand why,” noted Logan, who was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for August. Read more...
Award-winning CAREGiver Kelli Young doesn’t hesitate when she points to her employer, Home Instead Senior Care® of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Read more...
The award-winning CAREGiver at Home Instead Senior Care® of Martinsburg, West Virginia, didn’t hesitate with her response: “My mother and my father-in-law – my job really is a dedication to them.” Read more...
Judy Walters gets a kick out of her job with Home Instead Senior Care, and there's nothing the CAREGiver of the Month would rather do. Read more...
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