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A tradition of great caregiving means that we take care of our own as well as we take care you and your family. 

Home Instead, Inc. recognizes regional CAREGivers of the Year and one special CAREGiver who shows exceptional dedication is the recipient of the national award — The Mary Steibel CAREGiverSM of the Year Award.

This program inspires CAREGivers to strive for excellence. It creates a sense of pride and rewards their hard work, compassionate care and service to others.

In addition to the Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year Award, we recognize our CAREGivers each month with a CAREGiver of the Month Award. These CAREGivers go above and beyond each day. Helping our senior clients stay safe and independent wherever they call home. These CAREGivers Build Trust, Take the Lead and Share their Hearts!

February 2020 CAREGiver of the Month- Amanda

February 2020 CAREGiver of the Month- Amanda

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!


2019 CAREGiver of the Year- Missy-Jo

2019 CAREGiver of the Year- Missy-Jo

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. Missy- Jo's goal of going above and beyond is showcased by designing client focused outings that promote independence but also promotes special moments that each client deserves. It allows that client to have joy in an otherwise sometimes dreary day. On one outing they went to the zoo together. Our 80-year-old client loves animals so designing a Zoo Date was the perfect outing but going to the zoo with a very curious client with Dementia has its challenges. From trying to grab a lemur’s tail, to splashing the water out of the penguin’s enclosure, redirection is key! She knows that she could stay in the building with the client because that would be easier, but our seniors deserve better! They deserve personalized outings to places they once loved, to places to see things they once cherished, to feel how they once felt and to be loved how they always deserve to be loved.


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!




January 2020 CAREGiver of the Month- Candace

January 2020 CAREGiver of the Month- Candace

​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!


December 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Sacha

December 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Sacha

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 CAREGiver. Congratulations!  


November 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Danelle

November 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Danelle

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!


October 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Sandra

October 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Sandra

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!


September 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Melissa

September 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Melissa

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!


August 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Pia

August 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Pia

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!

Congratulations Pia!


July 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Valerie

July 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Valerie

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.


June 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Melissa

June 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Melissa

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!


April 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Michelle

April 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Michelle
For the month of April we have chosen Michelle Post to be our CAREGiver of the month! Michelle has just celebrated her one year anniversary with Home Instead. Congrats Michelle! She has come such a long way in proving herself to be an extremely valuable and trusted CAREGiver. She accepts new clients willingly even if she feels it's outside of her comfort zone. Michelle asks great questions and prepares for each shift she has. Recently Michelle was assigned to a new client who had some complex care needs. Michelle came in for some additional training and has thrived in this assignment. She has taken the lead and shared her heart! She has built trust with the family to care for their loved one.

Thank you Michelle! We appreciate your hard work and dedication to serving Calgary's Seniors!

March 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Claudia

March 2019 CAREGiver of the Month- Claudia

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.


2018 CAREGiver of the Year- Stephanie Howard

2018 CAREGiver of the Year- Stephanie Howard

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!


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