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2009 CAREGiver of the Year Sharon

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Home Instead Senior Care Saskatoon is proud to announce this year’s recipient of our CAREGiver℠ of the Year Award: Sharon Miller.

Sharon joined our team in September 2008 and has now served over 1200 hours CAREGiving for the elderly.  Keen to jump into new situations as needs arise, Sharon has served 25 diverse clients during the past year.  She capably shifts from providing home help service to cooking, running errands as well as providing personal care, dementia care and palliative care.  She has spent nearly half of her hours this year thoughtfully caring for a client with dementia who has no remaining immediate family.  Sharon goes above and beyond regular caregiving as she provides care she deems necessary to this person‘s wellbeing, always without being asked.

Sharon is no stranger to elder care as she has made long distance trips to assist her own aging parent on two occasions this past year.  Her tender-hearted care reflects genuine concern for her client’s interests … she generously cares for them as if they were her own parent.  Sharon routinely is taking home mending or repair projects and purchasing suitable clothing for her clients on her own time.  Similarly, when Sharon’s cancer client had irregular scheduling due to treatment timing, she was quick to offer flexibility to accommodate the client’s needs while carefully communicating changes through the office.

Sparkle and energy describe this soccer mom who also championed her teen daughter’s soccer team to nationals this fall.  That energy buzz led Sharon, during a visit to a hospitalized client to decide, one 32° summer day, to wheel her client four blocks (and back) to her client’s neighboring residence to celebrate a friend’s birthday.  They had fun!

Other talents emerge when Sharon is on a creative or playful tangent. Typical visits to the office include entertaining anecdotes about her shifts.  Most holidays inspire Sharon to offer her creative crafts for her client’s pleasure or our office staff’s enjoyment, see attached photos.  This Halloween she dressed up for her shifts as Minnie Mouse -- Sharon walked into the office in full garb as this letter was being written!

Describing Sharon’s experience as a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care in 2009 would not be complete without saying that when the economic downturn impacted so many families this year, including hers, she had to consider how best to contribute her talent to the ‘bottom line’.  Sharon made the choice to make a difference caregiving, as a mother, as a daughter and as a professional Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver.  We are proud to have Sharon on our Saskatoon team.

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