2008 CAREGiver of the Year Alice

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Home Instead Senior Care Saskatoon is proud to announce this year’s recipient of our CAREGiver of the Year Award: Alice Arnold

Our Saskatoon, SK office opened March 17, 2008 and Alice, who shares our pioneering spirit, was hired within a few weeks.  We were very fortunate to have a few early service requests and we set Alice to work.  Coming to us after two years of retirement and a career as a Care Aide at a local senior's residence, we knew that Alice was skilled and competent to care for these precious new clients.  And she did.  The first client that Alice served called us early the following morning.  They could not wait to call and tell us, "We have a perfect match!" and "Don't ever take Alice away from us!!"  Alice has joyfully served that client now for over six months.

Alice represents the faith that our early hires have placed in us as owners, as well as in the Home Instead Network.  She joined us knowing that she would wait before being matched with clients and she dropped by faithfully to remind us that, 'it'll come'.  At her CAREGiver training graduation Alice spoke up to tell the group, 'I think this thing is going to really take off... we'll be really busy.'  She was right and we appreciate her part in reminding us when we were starting out.

Because of Alice's wide availability, her deep skill set, her versatile personality and willingness to serve the elderly, her schedule soon filled up with ongoing clients - her core people.  While serving her regular clients, we have also called on Alice numerous times to take additional short notice shifts and difficult to staff shifts - one shift starting at 5:00 am!  Alice has always been there when service was needed.  Naturally, she's never called in sick or missed a shift.  In the past 8 months Alice has provided 490 hours of service to her clients.

While all of our CAREGivers are chosen on the basis of their compassion for the elderly, their resourcefulness and reliability, Alice is exemplary.  She has spunk, a quick laugh, great story telling skills and the ability to connect well with people, as attested to by her reference letters.  Alice is relaxed as she engages people thoughtfully and deliberately.  Alice is our gem!

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