Car­ing Caro­line up for award

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A CARE worker has been short­listed for a na­tional award.

The skills and com­pas­sion of Caro­line Howard re­sulted in her col­leagues nom­i­nat­ing her for the at Home In­stead Care­giver of the Year award.

She is now one of just 12 fi­nal­ists short­listed from 7,000 staff work­ing in 150 of­fices na­tion­ally.

Caro­line, 49, from Poyn­ton, has worked for Home In­stead for two years.

She has been recog­nised for pro­vid­ing sup­port to the high­est level and her flex­i­ble ap­proach. Caro­line was also nom­i­nated for help­ing a client find a yoga group and then at­tend­ing with her, even though she had never tried it be­fore.

Judges found Caro­line is con­stantly work­ing on her own per­sonal devel­op­ment and train­ing to help en­hance the care she pro­vides to her clients. They also found she has ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and has the nat­u­ral abil­ity to make clients feel at ease and as such has built won­der­ful re­la­tion­ships with them.

In one ex­am­ple of Caro­line go­ing above and be­yond, when one of her clients be­came ill, she made sure rel­a­tives, who lived in var­i­ous parts of the world, re­ceived reg­u­lar up­dates on her con­di­tion and of­fered emo­tional sup­port. Caro­line was even there when the woman passed away.

As well as her job, Caro­line also sup­ports her mother who was paral­ysed af­ter a car ac­ci­dent 27 years ago and her 18-year-old son Ben has downs syn­drome, autism, epilepsy and heart dis­ease.

David Moore, who owns Home In­stead, said, “Caro­line of­ten jokes about her life sit­u­a­tions in that ‘There’s never a dull mo­ment’. No mat­ter what cir­cum­stances Caro­line is faced with she al­ways has a smile on her face and never fal­ters in pro­vid­ing her clients with an ex­cel­lent stan­dard of care. We are all de­lighted and proud that Caro­line has reached the re­gional fi­nals of these pres­ti­gious awards.”

Home In­stead Se­nior Care is owned by David and Joanna Moore, who started pro­vid­ing care in Stock­port in 2006. It aims to al­low peo­ple to re­main in­de­pen­dent and live with dig­nity in their own homes.

Caro­line works out of the firm’s Stock­port of­fice.

●● Caro­line Howard was nom­i­nated by her col­leagues

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