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CAREGiver of the Month 

At Home Instead®, our success revolves around our CAREGiversâ„  – and we know it! We celebrate and recognize CAREGivers each month with our CAREGiver of the Month Award.  These CAREGivers demonstrate each day their commitment to enhancing the lives of seniors in our community and we are forever grateful for their efforts.
CAREGiver providing in-home senior care services. Home Instead of Louisville, CO provides Elder Care to aging adults.

Our Caregivers

Our Caregivers of the Month

Kira Lindsay Louisville 397 January 2022 Picture

January 2022 - Kira

When Kira Lindsay was a salesperson for a major cell-phone company, she spent as much time as she could teaching seniors the basics of cell-phone use. No one else in her store had the patience for things like that. But Kira said, “I absolutely loved it.”

Kira added: “I’d spend an hour – or three – genuinely helping someone, getting to know them, without trying to persuade them to buy something or rushing them. I never wanted to be thinking about my paycheck while trying to help another person. There is so much more value to me, in making someone smile, or providing a much-needed hug.”

Ultimately, Kira decided she was in the wrong field. “After I realized I hated sales,” she said, “I quit my job and took a few months to figure out what I really wanted to do.”

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Dale Marie

December 2021 - Dale Marie

Waves of emotion sometimes overtake CAREGiver of the Month Dale Marie Ray when she is helping two of her clients, a husband and wife. When the husband is asked about his 65 years of marriage, Dale Marie tears up every time when he responds, “I have the most incredible woman for a wife.” Dale Marie observed: “It is a most loving, sincere reply. They really have a special bond of which you don’t see enough.”

The wife is often sassy and full of quick wit. “We have a great time poking fun at each other and life,” Dale Marie said. Then a sign of sundowners syndrome will appear in the afternoons. “She melts my heart when her dementia sets in at 3 p.m. most days. She reaches out for my hand for comfort and will cry on my shoulder for support. I’m so grateful for her trust during these confusing times,” Dale Marie explains.

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Earlene

November, 2021 - Earlene

At the tender age of 10, Earlene Guel became a family caregiver, a role she has never stopped embracing. “I realized I was blessed with such a great heart since I was young,” said Earlene, who has spent her past two years with Home Instead® of Louisville, Colorado, which serves Boulder and Broomfield Counties as well as northwest Adams County. “Eventually, being a family caregiver for so long made me realize I should do this kind of job for a living, and here I am,” said Earlene, the award-winning franchise’s CAREGiver of the Month for November.

Whether serving as a family caregiver or professional senior-care specialist, Earlene has experienced the roller coaster of emotions involved with serving others. She pointed out she has “lost countless numbers” of people in her life, but she knows they are in a better place. Earlene said, “Knowledge of that fact has helped me push through in my career because I learned so much and continue to do so no matter the situation. In addition to my Home Instead clients, I have many more family members to whom I have dedicated my love and heart.”

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Elle

October, 2021 - Elle

Elle Harrington earned her first CAREGiver of the Month award in August 2013. Eight years and two months later, Elle again was honored. A lot has changed since Elle joined Home Instead in late February 2013. She left Home Instead in 2015 to take a job outside of senior care. 

Evaluating her second tenure with Home Instead, Elle said: “I think I am a better CAREGiver. Things have fallen in place and are rocking and rolling with the clients. The assistance, such as meal preparation and companionship, is going well and I feel the fulfillment. When I interviewed, I requested overnight hours so my shifts would be consistent. I’ve always felt it’s my job to: One, listen closely to the clients and learn how they can be helped. Two, understand their care regimen. Three, make their day better. Those things come naturally.”

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Kelly

September 2021, Kelly

A senior-care specialist or CNA since 1982, Home Instead® CAREGiver of the Month Kelly Rodriguez possesses a unique caregiving touch that engages her clients in a variety of unusual and fun ways.

People have asked Kelly, “Why senior care as a career?” She is quick with her answer: “Throughout my life, I have had disabilities I have conquered, and I can relate to my clients through my experience of ‘having been there.’ I love the idea of helping the elderly. They can be so misunderstood, and they can become isolated even though they have family and friends. I like listening to their stories and getting involved in their activities and interests.”

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Stuart

August 2021 - Stuart

Senior care has touched Stuart’s life in a way that most people never have experienced because he learned about it at a young age. “I lived in an elderly care facility with my mother when I was a small child. I grew up around nurses and caregivers, and a lot of my early friends were the seniors who lived there. My own grandparents were living in the Philippines, and I didn’t get to know them until I was 12 or 13 years old. Because of my living situation, I never felt lacking in that department – being around seniors, being comfortable with them and pitching in a helping hand,” Stuart recalled.

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Nancy

July, 2021 - Nancy

Nancy Lutes decided to make a career change more than nine years ago.

She had been working at the same kind of job since she was 18 years old. Nancy’s tasks were predictable, even to the point of being monotonous. “I started getting really burned out doing the same job routine every day and seeing the same people every day,” Nancy recalled.

A friend saw something in Nancy that she hadn’t realized or considered. The friend, sensing Nancy’s employment discontent, finally said: “Nancy, you should take care of seniors because you have always had a soft spot for the elderly and would be a really good care provider.”

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Kat

June, 2021 - Kat

CAREGiver of the Month Kat Myrick treasured her short time with a kind, considerate client and his wife, an all-too-short period of caregiving that sadly ended at the close of 2020.

Kat recalled: “Despite the fact he had incurable cancer, he always thought of his wife first and didn’t want her to have to take care of him 24/7. If a CAREGiver wasn’t there, he’d wait for her to finish her work before asking for anything.”

Kat lamented that the client, in his early 60s and the youngest among his siblings, didn’t get a chance to retire and enjoy life. “He volunteered at the Denver Zoo, and they dedicated a spot just for him. You could easily see he had made an impact,” Kat said.  

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Susan

May 2021, Susan

Susan explained: “My husband was relocated from Texas to Colorado 2½ years ago for his job. He travels a lot. With me not knowing anyone here, I saw a Home Instead TV commercial one evening and I said, ‘That is what I want to do.’ I never actually had the opportunity to work with seniors one-on-one and, that is what I want to do.”

Earlier in her working career, Susan served as a multi-family housing manager and was then promoted to a regional manager. “With some of my communities,” Susan said, “I oversaw affordable senior living quarters. That was my first experience in dealing with seniors. From there, I worked as an executive director at an upscale independent senior living community where I spent about 15 years.

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Alise

March, 2021 - Alise

When nearly every other 14-year-old girl was enjoying the summer at a shopping mall, swimming pool or hiking and biking trail, Alise Trujillo experienced the most challenging summer of her life in 2013. “Yes, I’ll admit it was,” Alise recalled, “but it taught me so many lessons in that short span of three months.” She was referring to her help with the hospice care of her terminally ill grandfather, who was suffering from various forms of cancer.

“My mother and I were the overnight team for my grandfather’s home hospice care. I had no other responsibilities. I have taken care of many ill family members in the past,” Alise said, “but that was the most impactful memory I have. I provided the kind of care that ensured my grandfather was as comfortable as possible and that he had everything he needed in a short arm’s reach when he eventually was no longer able to move.”

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Francisca

February, 2021 - Francisca

Professional caregiving has been in Francisca Jimenez’s blood ever since she saw her sister enter the fulfilling career where she could use her passion for compassion.

“My sister started working as a CNA first. She mentioned how rewarding her job was, especially because she helped people every day. And that’s what got me interested in being in caregiving. I started working at long-term care facilities and memory care for many, many years before I decided to do home care,” said Francisca, who became a CAREGiver a year and a half ago for owner Michael Lammers’ award-winning Home Instead® franchise of Boulder, Broomfield and northwest Adams Counties that is based in Louisville, Colorado.

“I have been in professional caregiving for 20 years, and I love it,” Francisca said.

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Jill

January, 2021 - Jill

During the five months CAREGiver of the Month Jill Mahoney has worked for Home Instead® of Boulder, Broomfield and northwest Adams Counties, she has translated the pain of losing her mother into empathy and consolation to comfort a client after the loss of his loved one.

“Helping my mother resulted in a lot of senior-care experience. Her death was a huge loss for me, and I’m still dealing with it,” said Jill, who took care of her mother for her final eight years while holding down a fulltime dairy job. Her mother died in 2018 at age 80, and Jill later quit her job to join Home Instead on July 30, 2020. Before Jill went to work for Home Instead, she also took care of two friends’ elderly mothers by helping them with showering.

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Carolyn

December, 2020 - Carolyn

Carolyn has been a caregiver her entire life, certainly not just during the past 10 months since she joined owner Michael Lammers’ award-winning Home Instead® franchise of Boulder and Broomfield Counties that is based in Louisville, Colorado.

Carolyn said: “This has been my passion for many, many years. The Lord has called us to serve, and I love to serve. I enjoy helping others. I started volunteering at a Denver hospital as a candy striper during my teen years. My mother was a great role model as a nurse at a Denver neighborhood health center and emergency room.”

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Neal

November, 2020 - Neal

​CAREGiver of the month Neal Fleming took the time to ask. More importantly, he took the time to understand. Who would have known a client, in the late stages of Lou Gehrig's disease, loved music? The client's favorites ranged from the heavy metal sound of "Twisted Sister" to Madonna to classical piano.

"He loved all kinds of music, but I don't think anyone at his care community knew. The client had not heard music in a long time until I joined him as a CAREGiver last April, after I started with Home Instead®," Neal explained.

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Ally

October, 2020 - Ally

"Ally Arnaiz has won the respect of one client. Before trying Home Instead, the client had used multiple agencies. The client came to us very picky about her care, schedule and CAREGivers. In the client's words, 'Ally is very bright, and she is just a joy to work with. If we ever want to change anything we just "make a plan." She is very positive, even-tempered and kind. She just knows what has to be done. I think you should give her a raise because most people I have had in my home sit there like a post and do nothing. I am very happy with your company so far. Moreover, you are the first one to call me to check in to see how things are going.' "

Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Cheri

September, 2020 - Cheri

From family caregiving to professional senior care, Cheri Funk has spent her life giving back to others.

"I am someone who has just loved on people my whole adult life. I have always had a passion for people and serving them," said the CAREGiver of the Month for owner Michael Lammers' award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise of Boulder and Broomfield Counties.

In 2015, one of Cheri's grandfathers was diagnosed with cancer and chose to have in-home hospice. Cheri explained: "I had the opportunity to assist my mom with his care during this process. The care I provided for Grandpa was companionship, feeding assistance, cleaning his home, washing him up and making sure his other needs were met."
Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Haley

August, 2020 - Haley

Many older adults often are unable to reverse the physical setbacks and mobility loss following a medical procedure. But CAREGiver of the Month Haley Nemmers has been a part of an unusually successful recovery story.

Haley explained: "When I first started working with an 87-year-old client last January, he had just gotten out of the hospital and was so weak. He was in a wheelchair and couldn't move by himself for months. He started making progress but had to go to the hospital again for an unexpected procedure, and I was so worried we would have to go back to square one."
Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Jackie

July, 2020 - Jackie

Jackie Deall helped her grandmother when she was in middle school. In fact, Jackie was the only family member who was allowed by her grandmother to feed and bathe her as well as provide care in other ways. Jackie said, "I was her caregiver."

Fast-forward to July 2020, when Jackie was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for owner Michael Lammers' award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise in Louisville. The office serves Boulder and Broomfield Counties, including the cities of Boulder, Broomfield, Brighton, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, Lyons, Nederland and Thornton.
Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Esther

June, 2020 - Esther

When CAREGiver Esther Gamgne's client became self-conscious about a gash on her head following a fall, Esther took the initiative and launched into action. Esther brought in a colorful scarf and artfully wrapped it around her client's head. The act of kindness helped Esther's client feel so cute that she was happy to resume attending care facility activities during the pre-COVID-19 virus days.


Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Adrian

May, 2020 - Adrian

Adrian Serna was the kid who brought home all the stray dogs. Adrian also was planting beans before he started kindergarten and was fascinated with their growth as he watered and nurtured them. "I was caring for plants and animals as a kid, so I think of myself as being a caregiver my whole life," Adrian said.

Family caregiving landed on Adrian's radar when he was in college. "I was living on campus," Adrian said, "but then my grandparents needed more help to get around the house. They were just having a hard time as they were getting older. So, I moved in with them for the next five-plus years to help take care of them."
Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Samantha

April, 2020 - Samantha

CAREGiver of the Month Samantha "Sam" Thomas knew at a young age she was called to serve others. Among those Sam has helped, she believes God called her to serve the older population. Sam always has embraced the strong feeling of "giving back" to the seniors who helped her.

"I wouldn't be the woman I am today without being taught by older women. I am African-American. Culturally, in our community, the elderly are respected and valued. We believe they are wise, and they are the teachers. We are educated on how you honor older people. I understand, and that's why I open the door for them to first walk through while extending every other courtesy I can think of," Sam said. In August 2019, she joined owner Michael Lammers' award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, which is based in Louisville. Sam was honored as CAREGiver of the Month in April 2020. 
Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Elizabeth

March, 2020 - Elizabeth

Elizabeth Avila is a woman for all caregiving seasons.

In August 2019, Elizabeth jumped into professional senior care with both feet. "I was looking to expand my work experience. My childcare experience was really extensive through college and past my college days. When I considered this kind of work, I was thinking about my grandmother, whom I love. I wanted to give back to society through senior care," said Elizabeth, who visits her 92-year-old grandmother on Sundays at her assisted living community.
Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Linda

February, 2020 - Linda

Linda Straube and her client have been inseparable for about four years. But there was some concern nearly three years ago when Linda and her client found themselves adrift without an in-home care company. Home Instead Senior Care® was the lifeline that kept them together.

"I was taking care of the client while working for another company. For whatever reason, the company was sold, and the situation just wasn't working out. I wanted to stay with the client, and he felt the same way. I was just praying the client would go with Home Instead Senior Care," explained Linda, who joined owner Michael Lammers' award-winning Home Instead Senior Care franchise of Boulder and Broomfield Counties just after Easter in 2017.
Home Instead Caregiver of the Month Karima

January, 2020 - Karima

Karima Musa never could have predicted she'd begin to learn her third language after she joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Furthermore, Karima never would have guessed she'd be honored as CAREGiver of the Month eight months after she joined owner Michael Lammers' award-winning franchise that's based in Lafayette.

Karima has been helping a 63-year-old dementia client, a native of China, since July. Because of the progression of her dementia, the client has returned to speaking only Chinese even though she'd been proficient in English for most of her life. When Karima began, the client would say "thank you" and "hello" in English but no longer.