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Caregiver of the Year Award

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Caregiver of the Year Award

They are the unsung heroes of the pandemic. Caregivers who selflessly go into the homes of our nation’s most vulnerable seniors to help them bathe, cook, get to doctors’ appointments, and stay socially active to survive the loneliness of isolation.

Now, Visiting Angels wants to say thank you to their most prized and cherished caregivers by awarding winners of the company’s national Caregiver of the Year Award. This award was established to recognize a caregiver from a Visiting Angels franchise location who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to their clients, families, and the Visiting Angels mission.

Thank you to all of the franchisees and caregivers that participated in this year's award. From written submissions to video testimonials to final tallies, this year was a perfect year to recognize our essential Angels and our Caregiver of the Year!

1st Place Winner Debbie Moorefield
Mentor, OH
Franchise Owners: Wayne & Mary Kay Brodnan

Known as the “Mother Teresa” of the elderly, Debbie has lovingly cared for her Visiting Angels clients around the Mentor, OH area for more than 17 years.

“Debbie deserves this honor because she has a servant’s attitude and heart. Her resilience, patience, neatness, unselfishness, dedication, and tenderness shine through,” says Mary Kay Brodnan.

2nd Place Finalist Sara Smith
Salem, OH
Franchise Owners: Mark & Susan Frenger

Sara sings with her clients, reads scripture, takes them for lunch, dinner and ice cream. When her client was depressed, she drove him back to his hometown so he could reminisce about his school and business.

When another client was dying, Sara would rub her back, and brush her hair and sing “Precious Lord Take My Hand” until the woman died. The woman’s daughter says with Sara there, her mom’s passing was “beautiful and peaceful and something she’ll remember for the rest of her life.”

3rd Place Finalist Doris Carriere
Mandeville, LA
Franchise Owners: Jaime Maxwell

Grandma, Doris Carriere, who has 20 grandkids of her own, loves to care for seniors. Doris once laid down all night next to her elderly woman client who had bad hallucinations and wouldn’t go to sleep. Doris never moved because she didn’t want to wake the woman, and the family watched on camera, amazed at Doris’ dedication to their mom.

Home Care Pulse Award 2021

We're always looking for caregivers who truly love what they do.

We're looking to add more family members to our compassionate caregiver team, and you could be one of them!

Here's your chance to make a difference for people who need someone like you to genuinely show empathy and kindness to their senior loved ones. If you have what it takes to be a Visiting Angels caregiver, join our team and make a difference in the life of someone in your community!

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“We are proud and thankful for all our caregivers, but these women go above and beyond to help our clients live a life of dignity as they age gracefully at home,” says Larry Meigs, president and CEO of Visiting Angels.


All caregiver employees of Visiting Angels franchisees who have worked one (1) full year for a Visiting Angels franchisee, for a minimum of 500 hours a year are eligible to be nominated for the Award. The caregiver also must be employed by a Visiting Angels franchisee and available to appear in person to accept the award and grand prize at the time the award is presented. All nominations must originate from a Visiting Angels franchisee in good standing; employees of franchisees may not enter on their own or be nominated by colleagues, etc.

Limit per Franchise Agreement: Each Visiting Angels franchisee may nominate only one caregiver per franchise agreement. The nominated caregiver must be employed in the territory covered by the franchise agreement. Addenda to Franchise Agreements do not constitute additional franchise agreements, even if such Addenda extend the territory.

Judging Criteria

Nominations were evaluated based on the following:

  • The character of the caregiver (e.g. has a positive attitude, team player, etc.)
  • Whether, and in what ways the caregiver goes above and beyond their basic job requirements
  • The caregiver’s commitment to clients and families while adhering to Visiting Angels policy
  • The caregiver’s ability to embody Visiting Angels as a brand ambassador
  • Whether the caregiver exhibits empathy, compassion, dignity, and respect to their clients
  • Whether the caregiver instills hope in their clients and other caregivers
  • Each nomination was reviewed by a two-tiered process; first for review of the written entry and evaluated for eligibility and adherence to the judging criteria. If criteria is met, nominations were forwarded to the next level of judging which will include members of Visiting Angels Franchise Advisory Council who  reviewed the video submission as described above.

*Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.