We have hand selected a very special caregiver named Christina Melanson to be our outstanding CAREGiver of the month for April 2020. Christina started her Home Instead journey with us just over 2 years ago now and has grown to be one of our most trusted and hardworking CAREGivers. Christina’s biggest strength is her deep understanding of dementia and her compassion during a client’s most challenging moments. We can count on Christina to handle difficult situations with a clear head and calm approach, and we have relied on Christina with specialized clients that require a unique assortment of skills to be successful in mastering a trusted relationship. Christina has met all expectations and has not disappointed. She is a strong team player, open to feedback, and eager for opportunities to grow and improve her skills which has been one of the keys to her success. The Home Instead team is very proud to call Christina a member of our CAREGiving Team that are changing the face of aging in Calgary.
For the month of March, we are celebrating the always optimistic, Terry Stead, as our March CAREGiver of the month! Terry joined the Home Instead team of CAREGivers one year ago and has been making a significant impact in the lives of many seniors ever since. With every new challenge and situation, Terry has risen to the occasion and proved herself to be an exceptional CAREGiver. She is patient with each client throughout the trials they may be facing and compassionately helps them to feel calm and understood. Just as we trust Terry, so do her clients and their families as she strives to make each individual feel valued and her positivity shines through even the most difficult circumstances. We are extremely honoured that Terry is a part of our team, and that she continually chooses to learn and grow her skills with us. Congratulations Terry!
For the month of February, we have selected the extremely talented and determined Amanda, as our CAREgiver of the month. Since July 2019, Amanda has been sharing the challenges and triumphs of being a CAREGiver with Home Instead. Our team can always trust that Amanda will put her clients’ needs first in finding creative solutions to challenging situations. Amanda is flexible and always willing to go above and beyond for her clients and their families. When Amanda is not providing the highest quality of care for our clients, she is a loving mother of three who enjoys bike riding with her family and spending time with her two dogs. We are thrilled to share this well-deserved honour with Amanda. Congratulations Amanda, thank you for all that you do!
The CAREGiver of the year is an extremely prestigious award. Each year we select one CAREGiver who has demonstrated great Care, Leadership and has embodied the values of Home Instead.
Although Missy Jo has worked with several clients, there is one special relationship that stands out. Missy Jo works with a client named Micheline who has advanced Dementia. Micheline’s care is managed by a dear friend of hers who has been struggling to balance her life while supporting Micheline. Julie says that “Only Those who are Very talented and skilled, of with So many Skills” are successful with Micheline. One of Missy Jo’s skills are her ability to build meaningful relationships with each client.
Above and Beyond, well that’s just Missy Jo’s normal process. Above and Beyond is why we have selected Missy-Jo to be our CAREGiver of the year! She goes above and beyond by helping mentor new CAREGivers who are being introduced to a new client. She has a thorough understanding of the client by relating well to them. She provides detailed documentation on each client so that her fellow CAREGivers can benefit from her hard work. To Missy Jo, caring for our seniors is a team approach where the end goal is providing the highest quality care. Congrats Missy-Jo, you earned this!
To start the new year, CAREGiver Candace Gunn has been awarded the honour of CAREGiver of the Month in January. For almost three years, Candace has been caring for clients with Home Instead. What impresses us most about Candace is the level of professionalism she brings to each situation, no matter the challenges. She has an open heart for each client, provides compassionate care, and leads with her creativity, optimism, and joy. Our team can always rely on Candace to help us in our mission to change the face of aging through her patient and gentle understanding. Outside of caring for clients, she is a loving mother, an outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys trying out new recipes for her family. We are grateful that Candace is a part of our team of caregivers and are excited to share this distinction with her! Congratulations Candace!
We are thrilled to share
with you that the CAREGiver of the month has been awarded to Sacha Bryce for
the month of December. Sacha is full of energy and passion and has been a
dedicated CAREGiver with Home Instead since 2018. When she is caring for her
clients, she focuses her attention to each detail and finds ways to go above
and beyond to ensure that their day is brightened by her presence. She spends
quality time with her clients and has been flexible to help meet their needs
while balancing her many other roles both at home and in the community. Sacha
is a beloved caregiver to many clients and has touched the lives of not only
the seniors themselves, but their families as well. Thank you, Sacha, for
choosing to spend your time sharing your heart with us and being an amazing
We are delighted to announce that we have selected Danelle Porter as our CAREGiver of the month for November. Since 2015, Danelle has provided excellent care to our clients and has positively impacted many families over the years. Her attention to detail, positive perspective, and diverse skill set have given her the opportunity to work with many clients and she consistently provides a high quality of care to each of them. When asked about her favourite part of caregiving, she responded by stating that she loves being able to help others and give back to those who are in need – this passion is evident in every interaction we have with Danelle and in the feedback we receive from her clients and their families. Danelle is wholeheartedly deserving of this honor and we are thrilled to celebrate her talents, congratulations!
For the month of October, we are excited to announce that Sandra Pastway has been selected as the CAREGiver of the Month! Sandra has been a dedicated and passionate CAREGiver with Home Instead since 2017, and has changed the lives of many seniors in her time here with us. She is patient and kind, and helps clients feel calm when they are in her care. Sandra is always willing to take on new challenges and expand her skills to ensure that she is providing the best care possible. Not only does Sandra work hard to make sure clients receive the best, she also does so with her children and loves spending time with them baking, reading, or out enjoying nature. We are so happy that Sandra chooses to share her skills and kindness with seniors throughout the city! Congratulations Sandra, you are truly deserving of this award!
Keep up the great work!
For the month of September, we have selected the extremely talented and dependable Melissa Staudinger as our CAREGiver of the month! Melissa has been a part of our team for three years and in her time here has been able to consistently form positive relationships with her clients. She can shift a client’s mood and brighten their day with her optimistic outlook, approachability, and confidence. Melissa is also a mother of two, loves to bake, enjoys the outdoors, and her favorite part of CAREGiving is making her clients smile. She works hard to complete the tasks requested of her while bonding with the client and upholding our mission to provide the highest quality of care to our clients and their families. Thank you Melissa, for always stepping in to help and being an integral part of our Home Instead family. Congratulations!
We are thrilled to announce that we have selected CAREGiver Pia Lutzen Brown as our incredible CAREGiver of the month for August! Pia began working for Home Instead in 2015 and came to us with a varied background as a nurse and English teacher abroad. Her passion for seniors is shown by her attention to their needs and ability to allow their interests to guide her care. She is also a phenomenal storyteller - perhaps due to her travel experiences that have given her stories from around the world. Pia’s reliability, compassion, and patience help her to connect with a variety of clients and she consistently provides them with the care they need and deserve. We are so glad to be able to celebrate her skills and passion and are grateful that she is a part of our team!
For the month of July, we have chosen Valerie to be our extraordinary CAREGiver of the month! Valerie first began caregiving with Home Instead in 2010, and returned to us again in March 2019. Since her return, Valerie has been an integral part of our team; she attends to each detail of care and shares her heart with each client she sees. Valerie takes pride in her work which is evident in her level of professionalism out in the community and in the joy she radiates each day knowing that she is making a difference. We are so excited to extend this honor to Valerie and highlight her talents as a CAREGiver.
Congratulations Valerie! From all of us at Home Instead Senior Care we want to thank you for sharing your joy, your passion, and your skills with us as we work together to provide the highest quality of care to our clients and their families.
We are happy to announce that we have hand selected Melissa Krowchuk as our exceptional CAREGiver of the month! Melissa started her journey with Home Instead in March 2017 as a pre-nursing student and is now close to the completion of her program. Melissa is full of energy and always willing to further her learning as she provides outstanding care for her clients. Whenever she is able, she jumps in to help and leaves a lasting, positive impression on clients and their families. A world traveler, animal lover, and dependable caregiver, Melissa is well deserving of this honor and we are so glad to have her on our team! Congratulations Melissa!
We have Chosen Claudia as our March CAREGiver of the Month. Claudia has been a valuable part of our CAREGiving team since September. Since Claudia's first shifts she has proven herself to be very dependable, compasionate and a hardworking CAREGiver. She takes on the toughest of challenges with a smile on her face. She uses the Home Instead resources and looks for more information to help her improve as a CAREGiver. She is an advocate for the clients she works with, always looking for a way to improve the quality of care they are receiving. We would like to Thank Claudia for her hard work and dedication to helping serve Calgary's seniors. You are an extremely valuable member of our team and we are so grateful to have you as part of our CAREGiving team.
Stephanie has shared her heart from the very first day she started with Home Instead Senior Care in 2015. Steph quickly adapts to the client’s needs, focusing only on them while performing tasks and communicating in a personal, yet professional manner. We have had many unique situations where Steph has been the perfect fit to be assigned to the client. These clients range from having advanced dementia, where they are resistant to care to the positive stories where we are taking a client to a wedding! She is the perfect fit to so many scenarios as she is professional, resilient and so so very caring. Stephanie’s personal standard of care and her beliefs are in line with Home Instead’s values where taking the lead, building trust and sharing of her heart come second nature.
Stephanie has enriched and touched the lives of Calgary seniors through over four thousand hours of care! Congratulations on being our 2018 CAREGiver of the Year!