Passionate Caregiver Honorees
Every year, we recognize Compassionate Care employees for exemplary customer service and performance. Below are the most recent recipients.
Jessica’s History: Jessica was raised by her loving Grandparents in Cadillac, MI. She made the decision to be a caregiver based on a promise she made to her Grandparents that when they got older or sick she would be the one to care for them. She was blessed with the opportunity to care for her Grandfather at home until he passed away in 2010. At 16 years old she began working for the Wexford County Council on Aging as a homemaker and gained personal care and other experiences from this job. She took a short break from home care to work in a nursing home in Traverse City, after a few months she decided that she wanted to go back to home care where she could give the clients/patients one on one care and the personal attention they deserve. She began working for Compassionate Care HHS Inc. as a Home Health Aide in April of 2004. In July of 2005, Jessica was promoted to the Field Staff Supervisor in the Traverse City Office and she has been loyal to this agency ever since! Jessica enjoys her time by hanging out with her family, her boyfriend, and her 4 (yes 4!) cats. Activities she enjoys are bike riding, hiking, swimming and “playing in the dirt” with her Grandmother in their garden.
Personal Message from Jessica: What I love most about Compassionate Care HHS Inc. is that Compassionate Care isn’t just our name but it is what we do everyday! It’s a blessing to be a part of an agency that compassionately cares for our clients and our staff. Being a part of this team is like having a huge extended family!
Crystal’s History: Crystal has been a Home Health Aide with Compassionate Care’s West Branch office since September of 2011. Her long history in health care made her a perfect fit for Compassionate Care. With an Associate’s Degree and Certification in CPR, Crystal joined our team after moving from Bay City to the West Branch area. In her free time, Crystal enjoys the company of her children, grandchildren and of course, her husband.
Personal Message from Crystal: I have been working in health care for over 15 years. I’ve enjoyed giving support to others that may have difficulties and struggles in their every day life. The one-on-one care I give to the clients brings about the comfort, security, and trust that are needed. Making a difference in a client’s life, even a small one, gives me satisfaction. I know by the end of my day, I provided the client with the best quality of care with dignity and respect.
Jacquelyn's History: Jacquelyn has been providing quality care for Compassionate Care since August of 2008. This Certified Nursing Assistant is currently attending Baker College for nursing. Jacquelyn joined the United States Army Reserves in 2007 and completed a tour in Kuwait and Iraq. When Jacquelyn finds free time, she enjoys hunting, fishing, dancing, and mud bogging.
A Personal Message from Jacquelyn: “Having the ability to live comfortably in your own home is a blessing. Having people who can give proper and loving care is a miracle. I love knowing that I am capable of providing both of these services to a deserving individual. I give every client the attention and compassion that I would give my own family. Our clients put their care into my hands, trusting and knowing I am going to give them the care required. I could never deny any client care, nor would I leave them alone because someone decided they didn’t want to work today. I truly care about my clients and their needs. My devotion and work ethic is based off my morals and values of respect, integrity, selfless service, and dignity. Everyone deserves Compassionate Care.”
Deb's History: Deb has been providing care since she was 19 years old. At the time, her sister seemed to be enjoying her time in nursing school. This prompted Deb to begin volunteering at the local nursing home. She has worked AFC homes and nursing homes, but her passion lies in home care. Deb has worked for Compassionate Care’s Traverse City Office for almost 6 years. “You guys are always sending me nice Thank you cards and creative certificates of appreciation, not all places I’ve worked do that! It’s nice to know you guys appreciate the quality care we provide to our clients!” When Deb is not working she enjoys fishing (when the salmon are “running” you can always find Deb at the river), camping, having a good laugh/joking around and spending time with her family.
A Personal Message from Deb: “I enjoy doing home care because of the one-on-one attention I can provide to my clients. They deserve to have someone who has the time to listen to their dreams and stories, not like in a facility where a caregiver has a limited amount of time to care for multiple clients at once. In the home care setting I can take my time to listen to how they are feeling and pay close attention to their personal preferences. I truly enjoy getting to know my clients and hearing stories about their past and gleaning bits of history from each one. It is personally gratifying when you can assist in keeping a client comfortable in their own home. I find it rewarding to provide a service that gives the family an opportunity to spend quality family time with their loved one instead of them concerning themselves with the details of their loved one’s care.”