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Home Instead Featured CAREGiver of the Month 

CAREGiver appreciation is baked into our DNA.
We sincerely value the passion and talent each CAREGiver brings to our mission day in and day out.

To thank our CAREGivers for all the amazing things they do, we nominate a person for our CAREGiver of the Month award.
It’s a small way to show how thankful we are to them for demonstrating compassion and exceptional care to the seniors and families they serve.
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Meet Our Highly Skilled CAREGivers of the Month

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CAREGiver of the Month: Olayemi (Ola)

Ola's heart for caregiving comes naturally. "Home Instead is so wonderful. They took me in like they are my own family. I love the staff and Kelly, the owner. I say 'thank you' to all of them. May God bless every one of them and reward them richly for how they help people. I want to stay with them for a long time," Ola said. 

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CAREGiver of the Month: Sissiblissi

For Sissiblissi “Sissi”, the Home Instead® CAREGiver of the Month, his position is an important mission, and he strives to serve with impact every day. “For my life’s perspective, I draw on a quote from Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius: ‘What you do in your life resonates in eternity,’ ” Sissiblissi said.

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CAREGiver of the Month: Mari

Quietly and humbly, Maricela “Mari” has lived a life of service to others, even while she was battling cancer. After Mari’s mother returned to school and became a teacher to help support their family that included seven children, 12-year-old Mari began taking care of her siblings.



CAREGiver of the Month: Zaira

Zaira’s family caregiving experiences began early with her grandparents. They molded her compassion, empathy and patience. “Because of how I helped my grandparents, I’m the person I am now, a person with a lot of love and a person with hope who wants to become a nurse someday,” said Zaira, the award-winning Home Instead franchise’s May CAREGiver of the Month.

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CAREGiver of the Month: Carla

Carla Martino wasn’t specifically looking for a senior-care job during an online search one day, but she came across Kelly Hutchison’s award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise in Elk Grove Village. The job description summarized what she’d done for five years for her husband Joe, who passed away in 2017. 



CAREGiver of the Month: Merly

CAREGiver of the Month Merly Cadavedo developed her award-winning caregiving skills as a professionally trained college graduate. She started her medical career as a registered midwife in her native Philippines. She adapted her skills to senior care when her job moved to a hospital. While her original position of hire was that of a nursing aide, Merly was “quickly thrown into the fire” of doing all the things that were necessary to keep people alive and help them recover.
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CAREGiver of the Month: Robbie

Robbie entered the world of professional caregiving and worked for another home-care company before Home Instead. She joined Home Instead in Oak Park in July 2019, but when she moved to Schaumburg, Robbie discovered the office in Elk Grove Village.



CAREGiver of the Month: Alyssa

Alyssa always wants to be ‘That One’ who cares deeply for seniors.  For three years, Alyssa worked at a children’s fitness center. As fulfilling as it was, Alyssa sensed there was something more she could be doing to help others.  “I thought I was happy to be working with children who were ages 6 months to 10 years. But after doing that job for a while, I felt as if my love could go even further,” Alyssa recalled.  


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CAREGiver of the Month: Rachel A.

Rachel joined the Home Instead ®  franchise of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, following a suggestion from her husband. In November 2018, Rachel joined owner Kelly Hutchison’s award-winning franchise. “This is a calling for me. When I’m at work, I do my best to make sure that in all I do, my clients are treated with the utmost respect and dignity. In a way, I also believe it is preparing me more for my career path as a nurse. This kind of work must be a calling. You can’t really do it by just waking up one day and deciding to be a Caregiver.