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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.

November 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Jennifer

November 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Jennifer

​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...


October 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Renee

October 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Renee

​On 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 the Month.

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September 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - April

September 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - April

April 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...


August 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Lisa

August 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Lisa

Give 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...


July 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Pam

July 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Pam

Discussing 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...


June 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Judy

June 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Judy

During 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...


May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Janet

May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Janet

Janet 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...


April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Crystal

April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Crystal

Crystal 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...


March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Lori

March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Lori

Lori’s 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...


February 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Angela

February 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Angela

Angela’s caregiving 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...


January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Savanna

January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Savanna

Savanna 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...


December 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Arlene

December 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Arlene

Arlene 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...


November 2017 CAREGIver of the Month - Arielle

November 2017 CAREGIver of the Month - Arielle

​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...


October 2017 CAREGIver of the Month

October 2017 CAREGIver of the Month

​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...


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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