The First Annual Cheryl Stawovy CAREGiver of the Year

Last week, we held our yearly CAREGiver Celebration Dinner for our wonderful employees who make Home Instead Senior Care what it is. There are few things better than seeing more than 100 of our great CAREGivers getting together, mingling, sharing stories and care tips and above all having a great time. And with a wild jungle theme for this year’s party, we got some awesome outfits too!

The CAREGiver Celebration Party is a wonderful opportunity for our CAREGivers to connect, learn new care techniques and have a great time!

An important part of the dinner is commending those that have done a great job over the past year. This year, we recognized several ladies who have worked more than 10,000 hours with our clients since joining Home Instead Senior Care – Oakmont. And, we held an important first, choosing a CAREGiver of the Year for the first time.

Late Home Instead Senior Care – Oakmont co-owner Cheryl Stawovy.

The award is given on behalf of Cheryl Stawovy, our late co-owner and sister to our franchise office owner, Kathi Lenart. Cheryl passed away earlier this year after a two-year battle with breast cancer at the age of 52. Her compassion and determination inspired Kathi to recognize a CAREGiver each year with the Cheryl Stawovy CAREGiver of the Year Award.

The criteria for the award are straightforward yet demanding: at least one year with the company, excellent attendance, ongoing communication with the office staff, flexibility, positive attitude and of course a great relationship with clients, with extra emphasis on CGs with a long-term relationship with a client. In addition, clients had to be nominated by a client or family member.

Many of our CAREGivers meet those requirements, but one candidate jumped out this year.

Lynn McDermott, right, being presented with a check by Home Instead – Oakmont owner Kathi Lenart, for a cruise trip for her and a guest, her reward for being named this year’s “Cheryl Stawovy CAREGiver of the Year”

Lynn McDermott earned the Cheryl Stawovy CAREGiver of the Year Award by showing that, to her, caregiving is more than just a job. She regularly rearranges her personal life to accompany her clients on day trips, and takes her own time to write update e-mails for the families—far beyond what we ask of a CAREGiver. Through her time with the company, Lynn’s never had a no-show or problem with a client. She gives everyone involved in the care—her clients, their families, physicians, and us—confidence that under her watch, everything will be okay. One client calls Lynn his “golden-haired angel,” another refers to her fondly as “Goldilocks.” Read the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Newsmakers Feature on Lynn

A shocked Lynn gets a hug from one of our office staff after finding out she is the Cheryl Stawovy CAREGiver of the Year.

Lynn’s reward: a cruise to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas next February! Not surprisingly, Lynn was floored by the surprise announcement. Even the next day, she had trouble believing it was all real! We are so happy to be able to do this for Lynn and even happier to have her as a CAREGiver. She has certainly earned this recognition.