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A tradition of great caregiving means that we take care of our own as well as we take care you and your family. 

Home Instead, Inc. recognizes regional CAREGivers of the Year and one special CAREGiver who shows exceptional dedication is the recipient of the national award — The Mary Steibel CAREGiverSM of the Year Award.

This program inspires CAREGivers to strive for excellence. It creates a sense of pride and rewards their hard work, compassionate care and service to others.

September 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Diane

September 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Diane

Diane 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...


August 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Sarah

August 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Sarah

​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...


July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Penny

July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Penny

​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...


June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Elise

June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Elise

​Despite the 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...


May 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Terra

May 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Terra

​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...


April 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Erica

April 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Erica

It 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...


March 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Judy

March 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Judy

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...


February 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Natalie

February 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Natalie

​“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...


January 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Amanda

January 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Amanda

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Daisy

CAREGiver of the Month - Daisy

“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

CAREGiver of the Month - Sue

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Janet

CAREGiver of the Month - Janet

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Teresa

CAREGiver of the Month - Teresa

​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...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Jennifer

CAREGiver of the Month - Jennifer

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Kat

CAREGiver of the Month - Kat

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Steve

CAREGiver of the Month - Steve

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

CAREGiver of the Month - Katherine

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...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Bunny

CAREGiver of the Month - Bunny

​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

CAREGiver of the Month - Leigha

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...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Autumn

CAREGiver of the Month - Autumn

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Melissa

CAREGiver of the Month - Melissa

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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Shelley

CAREGiver of the Month - Shelley

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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Arbitus

CAREGiver of the Month - Arbitus

​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 - Lillian

CAREGiver of the Month - Lillian

Lillian, 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...


September CAREGIver of the Month

September CAREGIver of the Month

​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...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Logan H.

CAREGiver of the Month - Logan H.

​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...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Kelli Y.

CAREGiver of the Month - Kelli Y.

​Award-winning CAREGiver Kelli Young doesn’t hesitate when she points to her employer, Home Instead Senior Care® of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Krista G.

CAREGiver of the Month - Krista G.

​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...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Judy W.

CAREGiver of the Month - Judy W.

​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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