“Bubbly” Roisin takes 2012 Home Instead CAREGiver title

The 2nd Annual Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver of the Year and Waterford H.S.E. Carer of the Year Awards took place in front of large audience at Dooley’s Hotel on Thursday, October 4th.
Roisin Byrne was announced as the overall winner of Waterford’s Home Instead Senior Care’s CAREGiver of the Year award.  Roisin will go on to represent Waterford in the National Final which takes place in Dublin on November 10th.
New to this years awards was the category for the HSE Carer of the Year and Marie Grant took this title.
The concept behind the awards is to recognise and reward the hard work of CAREGivers and carers throughout Waterford city and county.  The judging panel, which consisted of The Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. Jim D’Arcy, Marie Cummins, Waterford Hospice Fundraising Chairperson and Barbara Murphy, Manager of Older People Services Waterford (H.S.E.) chose the overall winners on their remarkable commitment and dedication to their jobs.
According to Danette Connolly, Director of Care, Home Instead Waterford, the work of carers is invaluable.  “Many of Waterford’s CAREGivers and carers provide a service that not only enables seniors to enjoy a better quality of care in their own homes, but offers companionship, friendship and assistance with the day to day tasks, that many of us take for granted.”
Ms. Connolly added “This year’s CAREGiver winner, Roisin Byrne, is a real example of carers at their very best.  Her clients love her company and she has often been described as having a lovely bubbly personality, a very positive attitude and nothing is ever too much trouble for her.  That’s really what caring is all about.”
The H.S.E. Carer of the Year, Marie Grant, is a carer with over 16 years experience and has developed a wonderful rapport with her clients over the years with her friendly and caring nature. 
Upon receiving her award, Roisin Byrne was delighted.  “I don’t regard caring as a job, it’s just something I love to do.  It’s hard to explain but when the people you care for are so fantastic it certainly doesn’t feel like work”, she said.
Other awards on the evening included the CAREGiver Award for the most promising new recruit, the CAREGiver Award for the caregiver who is currently a Student, The Tulip Awards recognizing dedication, the CAREGiver Longest Service Award and Length of Service Pins to 41 recipients.
To find out more about the Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver awards or the work of Home Instead Senior Care call Danette Connolly of Home Instead Senior Care on 051 333966 or visit www.homeinstead.ie