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CAREGiver Awards & Recognition 

At Home Instead®, our success revolves around our CAREGivers℠ – and we know it! We celebrate CAREGivers year-round in many ways: a note of appreciation, recognition in our employee newsletter, perhaps an impromptu office party.
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Home Instead CAREGiver of the Year Award

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 national Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year 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.

2020 CAREGiver of the Year: Maria “Dani” F.

“When I have a client, I always put myself in their place. I take care of them the way I want to be taken care of or the way I’ve cared for my family. Everything I’ve gone through in my life – losing mom and dad, losing my husband – this job gives me strength to keep going and lets me know that life is truly worth living,” said Maria.

2020 CAREGiver of the Year - Diane C.

Our Anne Arundel County CAREGiver of the year is Diane C! She has been with us for 8 years! 

Diane is a lifelong learner and is always looking to learn new skills and refine the skills she already possesses. One of her greatest skills is her ability to help clients maintain strong and loving relationships with their family members. One of Diane's longtime clients (she has been working with him since she started 8 years ago!) lived with his wife on their adult daughter's property. However, there was a rocky relationship between the children and their parents, despite their close proximity and the parents' failing health. When Mrs. unexpectedly was hospitalized, Diane, in her ever-diplomatic and caring way, bridged the divide, reaching out to the children and parents, encouraging them to mend fences and reconnect, because forgiveness is so important. Because Diane has been such a constant in their lives, the trust has always been there to listen to Diane, and the family was able to reconcile and rediscover the importance of their connection-luckily just prior to the death of Mrs. in 2019. 

This is just one of many examples of Diane's dedicated, caring heart. Diane is a wonderful representative of Home Instead, and she is so proud to do what she does. We are so thankful to have her on our team! 

We are overjoyed to have Diane as our Anne Arundel County CAREGiver of the year. She will also be nominated for regional CAREGiver of the year! Please join us in congratulating Diane!

To learn about becoming a CAREGiver like Diane and joining the Home Instead family, visit www.homeinstead.com/241.

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November 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight - Diane

This month's CAREGiver spotlight goes to Diane!

Diane has been with Home Instead for 12 years. Diane shared the thing she enjoys most about Home Instead is that “the staff do what is best for the clients and CAREGivers, by trying to match-up personalities”.

There was a client that Diane worked with whom she formed a special relationship. After concluding their morning routine Diane would take the client near the water outside to look and enjoy nature, as it was one of the many things that put a smile on her face. In addition to being outside, Diane and the client would sing, read, and bond over memories of her husband as they both enjoyed participating in activities in their Church.

Diane wants to share with other CAREGivers, that one of the most important tools is to be a good listener. Diane uses the skill of good listening when providing person-centered care to all our clients.

Thank you, Diane, and all our Home Instead CAREGivers for all you do!

October 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight - Jeanette 

This month's CAREGiver spotlight goes to Jeanette!

Jeanette has been a Home Instead CAREGiver for two years. Jeanette shares that one client she worked with, hesitant to receiving care, over time was genuinely appreciative of the CAREGivers that worked with him. There was one instance, where she had arrived for her shift and the client’s back was itchy and bothersome. While there are limitations on administrating any medications, she was able to assist the client to the best of her ability to alleviate some itching, while waiting for the family to return with medicated lotion. Being a Home Instead CAREGiver taught her the importance of patience and understanding. As a CAREGiver, you understand that the clients you work with, were once able to do everything for themselves and it is important as a CAREGiver to know clients depend on you.

Thank you, Jeanette, and all our Home Instead CAREGivers for all you do!


Special October 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight- Barbara 

In our special October CAREGiver spotlight goes to Barbara.

Barbara has been a Home Instead CAREGiver for 15 years! Barbara said she learned that a caregiver above all else needs to be patient. Some days may be challenging as many revert to an agitated state as their disease progresses, that is where patience is needed. She said “We are on a journey with them hearing their history. We learn about where they grew up, places they visited, and get to take part in their hobbies. While on that journey we need to treat them with dignity and respect. The golden rule applies, "treat others as you want to be treated", a little love doesn't hurt either. If you build a bond strong enough and get "adopted" by a family who has trusted their loved one to your care, it is truly something special!”

We are beyond grateful for Barbara's 15 years of service. Thank you, Barbara, and all our amazing CAREGivers for all you do!

September 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight - Lateefah O. 

This month's CAREGiver spotlight goes to Lateefah!

Lateefah has been with Home Instead since 2017. Lateefah said that when she works with her clients, they are a part of her. She always gives quality care, and love must come first.

According to Lateefah, to be a great CAREGiver, you need to be dedicated to know what you’re doing and do it right. What she enjoys most about being a Home Instead CAREGiver is that she has found a place that allows her to help others by providing quality care and comfort.

Thank you, Lateefah, and all our Home Instead CAREGivers for all you do for our clients, client’s families, and Home Instead!

August 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight -Angela H. 

This month's CAREGiver spotlight goes to Angela H.!

Angela has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead since 2019. Angela said she has been with her current client for over two years, and she loves spending time with her. A great CAREGiver to Angela means always being caring, compassionate, comprising, and having a can-do attitude.

What Angela enjoys most about being a Home Instead CAREGiver is that she knows that they will be treated with dignity and compassion. Much like how she wants to be treated when it’s her turn.

Thank you, Angela, and all our Home Instead CAREGivers for all you do for our clients, client’s families, and Home Instead!


July 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight - Kristy L. 

This month's CAREGiver spotlight goes to Kristy L.!


Kristy L. has been a Home Instead caregiver for two years. Kristy said that every client she works with is special to her. Clients and their families allow her to come into their lives, and care for their loved ones, which is amazing. To create these beautiful moments, she says a great CAREGiver needs patience, empathy, communication, and good problem-solving skills. 

What Kristy enjoys most about being a Home Instead CAREGiver is building wonderful relationships with clients as she takes care of them.  


Thank you, Kristy, and all our Home Instead CAREGivers for all you do for our clients, client’s families, and Home Instead!

June 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight - Carol B. 

This month’s spotlight goes to Carol B!  

Carol B. has been a Home Instead for almost 13 years! Wow! During that time Carol has been a key member of many clients’ care teams. The current family that Carol is with hold her in high regards. Carol wants everyone to know that you cannot just have a relationship with the client but with the family as well.  The client that Carol is currently with, the family has, “come to trust me enough to make decisions when it comes to how I take care of their loved one, as far as feeding, bathing, and grooming him.”

To be a great CAREGiver, Carol says there are three qualities that you should have; patience, understanding and compassion.  By demonstrating patience, understanding and compassion, Carol can go above and beyond daily for clients.  Incorporating the above qualities in the care that is provided to clients, brings Carol great joy!  Carol shares, “The joy I get out of being a Home Instead Caregiver, is that I get to work with great people, the staff of Home Instead and the clients that I get assigned to”.

Thank you, Carol, and all our Home Instead CAREGivers for all you do for our clients, client’s families and Home Instead!

May 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight - Bernice O.

This month’s spotlight goes to Bernice O!

Bernice who has been a member of our team for a short 6 months, has made a tremendous impact on our clients. When asked to talk about one special client, Bernice shared, “it is hard to pick just one, but Mr. T stands out the most”. Bernice says, “He doesn’t talk much but he is a very active man”. She has worked with him for a few months and during that time the two of them have developed a unique way to communicating, by body language!

Going above and beyond for clients is something that Bernice does daily. Whether it is helping with activities of daily living (ADL’s) or daily tasks, she is always delighted to help them. To be a great CAREGiver you need to be a great listener and be empathetic. Bernice especially enjoys working with dementia clients because although they are in their own world sometimes, she loves being a part of their world!

Thank you to Bernice and all our amazing CAREGivers for all you do for Home Instead and our clients!

April 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight - Sue A. 

This month’s CAREGiver spotlight features Sue A!

Sue is our special spotlight this month because after many years in the health care field Sue is retiring, four which were spent with Home Instead! 

Sue has made a special connection with our client and their family.  While with Home Instead, Sue has shown dedication, reliability, and dependability to our client.  One thing that stands out about Sue is that she was always in- tune and flexible with our clients unexpected needs.  

As Sue enters her retirement, her main goal is to make memories and spend time with her grandchild.  When Sue is not busy chasing a young one around, Sue enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband.  While COVID has put a damper on the traveling she normally does, Sue is looking forward to being able to travel again someday soon! 

Sue, we are certain that you will continue to bring joy to those around you.  We wish you nothing but success and happiness as you enter your retirement! 

From all of us here at Home Instead, congratulations Sue and thank you for all you have done for Home Instead!

March 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight - Kristy L. 

This month’s CAREGiver spotlight features Kristy L!

Kristy has been a Home Instead CAREGiver since April of 2019. Kristy has been so grateful that all the clients and their families she has had the opportunity to work with have welcomed her with open arms. From that, Kristy has gained a special relationship with each client she has worked with and hopes they are all doing well. 

According to Kristy, some leadership skills such as patience, empathy and good problem-solving skills is what it takes to be a great CAREGiver.

Being dedicated to her clients is something Kristy takes great joy in. One time in particular, Kristy remembers, being out with our client having lunch, when the client collapsed and became unresponsive. Without hesitation, Kristy immediately remembered back to her CPR and first aid training to begin problem solving. Kristy was able to jump right into action and get her client to the hospital!

Overall, what Kristy enjoys most about being a Home Instead CAREGiver is taking care of our clients and the wonderful relationships she can build with them!

Thank you, Kristy and all our amazing CAREGivers, for your hard work and dedication!

February 2021 CAREGiver Spotlight - Alberta B.

This month's CAREGiver spotlight features Alberta B!

Alberta has been with Home Instead for 1 year and enjoys working with all Home Instead clients. As all CAREGivers know sometimes clients are not always receptive to receiving care. Alberta experienced this firsthand!

After working with a client that was not receptive to care and thought that Alberta was not the right fit for her.  Alberta was determined to make a difference! Through patience, perseverance and hard work, Alberta made a difference and formed a meaningful connection with this client.

In order to “Be the Best CAREGiver Ever” Alberta says you should be able to demonstrate that you are empathetic, proactive and can navigate stressful situations.

Alberta shared that she loves working for Home Instead. She feels like the office staff can be called whenever she needs them and she likes that they reach out to check on her. 

What Alberta enjoys most about being a Home Instead CAREGiver is that she is part of a team!

Thank you, Alberta, and all of our amazing CAREGivers, for all your wonderful work! 

August 2020 CAREGiver Spotlight - Tara G.

This month's CAREGiver spotlight features Tara G!

Tara has been a Home Instead CAREGiver for 5 years. Tara always knows how to cheer up a client. She recalls one client in particular who was hesitant to receive care from someone else. However, Tara was immediately able to change his mind and his face would light up every time she came to visit.

According to Tara, in order to be a great CAREgiver you have to be able to adjust to different family dynamics and adapt quickly to the different needs of the different clients we care for. Tara is certainly an expert on this!
Tara's favorite part of working for Home Instead is all the wisdom she gains from the clients she gets to care for. They all have their own stories and are all unique in their own ways.

Thank you, Tara, and all of our amazing CAREGivers, for the tremendous work you do for Home Instead and our clients day in and day out. Keep up the great work!

March 2020 CAREGiver Spotlight - Laverne J.

This month's CAREGiver spotlight features Laverne J!

Laverne has been with Home Instead for 13 years, and has been working in this field for 20 years! With so much experience, Laverne stressed the importance of continued training opportunities. This is how she has gained the skills necessary to be able to adapt to every client she works with.

Laverne provides fantastic care to everyone she works with, but she has a particularly special relationship with a Home Instead client she works with now. They spend a lot of time talking, dancing, and they always keep each other laughing!

Laverne's dedication to Home Instead clients is clear, she always goes above and beyond for them. This is particularly true during the holidays. Laverne loves to make her family's cookie recipe around the holidays, and she always makes extra to bring for her clients!

Thank you so much to Laverne and all of our CAREGivers for your outstanding work. Each and every one of you are changing the face of aging every day!

February 2020 CAREGiver Spotlight - Mariana L.

Our CAREGiver spotlight this month features Mariana L!

Mariana has been a Home Instead CAREGiver for a year! In order to be a great CAREGiver, Mariana says you have to be patient, compassionate, and above all, thoughtful.

She feels very blessed and lucky to work with our clients at Home Instead. She forms special relationships with all of them, however one client in particular comes to mind. Mariana used to work with a client who was getting ready to move into an assisted living facility. This was tough on the client because she had been living in her home since the 1950's and was sad about having to move. On Mariana's last day before the client moved, the client asked Mariana to pray with her. It was a very special moment that Mariana will never forget.

Thank you so much to Mariana and all of our CAREGivers for everything you do for our clients!

January 2020 CAREGiver Spotlight - Diane C.

​Our CAREGiver spotlight for this month features Diane C!

Diane has been with Home Instead for 7 years. According to Diane, patience, understanding, wisdom, listening, encouragement and guidance from up above are all traits that have made her the amazing CAREGiver she is! Diane forms special relationships with all the clients that she cares for  because she always puts them first. She finds it rewarding helping clients in many ways, whether it's helping them recover from cancer surgery, or assisting them in day-to-day activities. Well done Diane! When asked what her favorite part about working as a Home Instead CAREGiver is, Diane says, "Learning about their life experiences helps me grow and understand more about them and their needs. That's what I enjoy the most about being a Home Instead caregiver".

Thank you Diane and all of our CAREGivers for all that you do for our clients!