Geraldine Grant was announced as the overall winner of the national Home Instead Senior Care’s CAREGiver of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony in Dublin’s Gibson Hotel.
The national awards recognise the work of Home Instead Senior Care’s CAREGivers and acknowledge their dedication and commitment to providing the best care for seniors.
Since working with Home Instead Geraldine has provided care to over 30 clients in Waterford and South Kilkenny and beat off stiff competition from Home Instead’s 17 other franchise finalists.
According to the judging panel the criteria for the awards were quite rigorous and the finalists had to show evidence that caring is a passion and not just a job, as well as demonstrating circumstances where they went above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best client care. Another criterion was the ability to show that the CAREGiver helped the client to reach and maintain independence.
Geraldine, who was delighted to receive the award, impressed the judges with her sense of humour, her ability to empathise with clients, the natural ability to develop warm relationships with her clients and their families and her dedication to her job.
In fact her dedication to her job was particularly evident during last winter’s challenging weather conditions. Geraldine attended all of her visits in the areas of South Kilkenny and not one of her clients was without her care over the winter months.
Danette Connolly, Director of Care, Home Instead Senior Care Waterford said, “We are so proud of Geraldine and her achievement here tonight. She is without doubt one of the friendliest and most caring people I have ever met. Her affable and warm nature is infectious and on many an occasion clients have commented to me how lucky they are to have Geraldine as a carer.”
Ms. Connolly added “The work of the CAREGiver is invaluable and often goes unrecognised. That’s why these awards are so important and a way of saying ‘Thank You’ to carers all over the country and acknowledging that by simply being there and providing companionship and comfort to seniors they are making the world of difference.”
To find out more about the role of the Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver or the work of Home Instead Senior Care call Danette Connolly of Home Instead Senior Care on 051 333966 or visit www.homeinstead.ie