2014 Caregiver of the Year: Janette Garcia
Janette Garcia from Chicago has been with the Homewatch CareGivers team since March of 2013. In the 22 months she has been with us, she has worked with only one client – a very challenging couple. Prior to Janette being assigned to Mr. and Mrs. R, caregivers had to be replaced almost weekly. Janette has now had over 400 visits with them with only 2 absent days. She is always on time and communicates very well with the office when any issues arise with her clients.
We’re going to ring in the new year by naming one of our long-time caregivers, Marlon McGhee from Chicago, Caregiver of the Month for January 2015. Marlon ended 2014 and started 2015 by working over 2 weeks of extra days with his live-in client, Mr. G, when Marlon’s partner on this case fell sick. Marlon felt it would be much better if he stayed with his client rather than putting in a substitute caregiver who wouldn’t know Mr. G’s routine.
We also want to recognize Veronica Echoles from Park Forest and Alexis Rivera from Gurnee, who each have taken five short-notice shifts over the last 6 weeks-thank you!
Homewatch CareGivers values each and every one of our caregivers for what they do in providing the best possible care for our clients. Every month, however, we see a caregiver (or two or three) who go above and beyond in making a difference to a client and in dealing with complicated situations.
Camille Mawete from Des Plaines joined Homewatch in January and immediately proved himself capable of handling a client who has both physical and emotional challenges. In addition to putting his heart into safeguarding his client, Camille has done an excellent job of keeping the office informed as the situation keeps changing.
Pious Ajayi from Chicago has been with us since October. His initial assignment was with Mr. H., and upon Mr. H’s passing, his family wrote that Pious contributed to their father ‘living a longer, happier, and fuller life.’ Pious was assigned a new client, Mr. K., who was virtually bedbound. After 6 weeks of Pious’ encouragement, Mr. K. is now walking around his apartment!
Honorary Mention : Lilly Lukovic from Morton Grove has been working with Mr. and Mrs. P since November 2013. Mrs. P suffers from progressing dementia, often having memory issues. Since Lilly has been working with her, Mrs. P is able to enjoy the simple things used to, like dancing to her favorite music in their basement and cooking her favorite meals.
Dedri Mixon from Chicago has been taking care of Mrs. S. two mornings each week. In March, Mrs. S. was hospitalized with pneumonia but signed herself out of the hospital against medical advice. Her daughter frantically called to see if we could get a caregiver to stay with her mother round-the-clock until her health was better. Dedri cancelled her weekend plans to stay with her client for three days because she knew Mrs. S. would have difficulty adjusting to a new caregiver while sick.
Elaine Guilfoil from Mt. Prospect is also making a major difference for her client, Mrs. C. Elaine informed the office of the problem as soon as she realized Mrs. C. was not eating and taking her medications on the days Elaine was not there. We were able to get her hours increased to daily, and Mrs. C.’s health and appearance has definitely improved!
Luanne Kreitzman’s client, Mrs. M. has issues with short-term memory and confusion, and at the time our agency was hired, she was going to move to an assisted living facility. Luanne helped Mrs. M. sort and pack her entire home and created a very positive experience out of what could have been very hard for her client. When our social worker Denise visited Mrs. M. recently, she seemed like a different person and was very relaxed!
The April Caregivers of the Month announced at the May In-Service were Dianne Curry from Gurnee and Providencia Rosada from Chicago for their willingness to work extra shifts when their clients had unexpected changes in their schedules.
Monika Lazarz from Buffalo Grove received an honorable mention for the extra effort she put in to finding a song online that her client was trying to recall from his younger days.
For the month of May we are giving a ‘Caregiver Team’ award to 4 caregivers who have seamlessly been providing 12 hour shift care around the clock to the same patient since January. They embody the definition of teamwork, working out scheduling adjustments and then notifying the office; completing and sending the Daily Activity Log properly; and, mostly importantly, Mrs. A. has made substantial improvements during the time we have been with her. Kudos to
Mila Boiadjieva from Mt. Prospect
Elize Dilangian from Northbrook
Gladys Moyo from Buffalo Grove
Doris Uhuka from Vernon Hills.
Our June Caregivers of the Month are relatively new to the company but have both gone above and beyond in providing excellent care to their clients and helping the office in a pinch.
On more than one occasion, Candace Jefferson from Chicago has been more than willing to stay additional days with her live-in client when another caregiver was not available. Candace has even re-arranged her schedule in order to keep continuity of care with Mr. S.
Leslie Taylor from Chicago has been amazing with filling in and picking up last minute shifts with various clients. If she is available, she is always willing to help out – even if it means driving from one client to another and back again.
We don’t usually award the same caregiver twice in one year, but everyone in the office feels Dianne Curry from Waukegan is an exceptional case! This entire summer she has been our emergency live-in ‘go-to’ person and she not only has never turned us down but she has accepted every last-minute assignment with a cheerful attitude and desire to represent Homewatch in the best possible way! Her enthusiasm for the work she does, even with challenging clients, is wonderful to hear!
We also want to acknowledge 2 other caregivers whose cheerful attitude and willingness to fill in wherever needed is very much appreciated, and whose regular clients consistently let us know how much they’ve made a difference: Lilly Lukovic from Morton Grove and Myrlene Jean-Baptiste from Chicago.
Our August Caregivers of the Month were recognized at the September In-Services for their dedication to their clients and for their willingness to be flexible in scheduling.
Shaun Wyngaardt from M. Prospect has been with Homewatch since April and has been one of our go-to people for filling in shifts on short notice, and his clients all have positive things to say about him!
Margaret Elerby from Hillside has been rock-solid with her client, Mr. S.–since starting with him in January 2014 she has only missed 5 days of the 382 she has been scheduled, she always clocks in on time, and her Daily Activity Logs are never late!
Our September Caregivers of the Month have gone above and beyond for their clients time and time again. We want to recognize both for their dedication and hard work.
Beverly Carter from Chicago has been with Mr. and Mrs. J. since October 2013, and has dealt with the challenges of Mrs. J.’s cognitive decline very skillfully, building a relationship that allows the client to trust Beverly’s judgment. At the same time Beverly has helped Mr. J. improve his physical stamina and standard of personal care. Beverly is an example of just how much of a difference a dedicated individual can make in a client’s life!
Mimoza Hoxha from Des Plaines is a new caregiver who has also made an impact on her clients, who has been very reliable, and has been extremely willing to accept last-minute shifts.
Our October Caregiver of the Month is Maryam Diagne from Chicago. Maryam’s been with Homewatch for 3 years, working with Mrs. M. as a live-in caregiver since March. Returning from the scheduled Quality Assurance visit with Mrs. M., our QA manager, Denise, was very impressed with Maryam’s care for her client and attention to detail for the client’s needs. Mrs. M.’s daughter has also told us how pleased she is with Maryam’s care of her mother. On the rare occasion that Maryam needs time off, she makes sure to notify the office with plenty of time, and her Daily Activity Logs are always correctly filled out and turned in on time.
Live-in cases are always the most challenging to staff because they require two caregivers who will work together seamlessly. We want to salute Francis Arellano from Chicago, for the solid work done with his clients, Mr. and Mrs. K. The clients and their family have been very happy with Francis, and his reliability has made the office’s job very easy.