ResCare HomeCare Services caregiver Keli Peebles was recently named national Caregiver of the Year for The Home Care Association of America (HCAOA). Ms. Peeples was selected for the prestigious honor out of a vast pool of candidates from more than 1,300 private duty agencies.
Nominees were evaluated based on their demonstration of exemplary commitment, compassion, empathy and respect to their clients and client families and their individual needs, as well as the ways in which they’ve improved their clients’ lives. Ms. Peebles is the third annual recipient of this honor.
Lauren Stewart, branch manager of the ResCare HomeCare Services office where Ms. Peebles works, nominated her for the award.
“Ms. Peebles forges a special bond with the people she serves and is willing to help anyone in need,” Ms. Stewart said.
Her support got the ultimate test earlier this year when a fire broke out at the home of an individual she was providing services too. Ms. Peebles quick reaction and training she received from ResCare HomeCare allowed her to get the individual and their pet out of the home quickly and safely.
“Despite damage to her car, Keli stayed by her client’s side for the remainder of the day. She assisted in getting her into a local hotel until further arrangements could be made,” Ms. Stewart said. “The woman’s family told her their loved one may not have been able to escape the fire without her assistance.”
Ms. Stewart added, “Keli went to work that day expecting a day like any other and left a hero in the eyes of many. People like Keli help us to realize the importance of what we do, and how important it is to be part of a special team of caregiving.”
Ms. Peebles, who has worked for ResCare HomeCare Services for nearly three years, has previously been honored with the company’s Direct Care Staff of the Month award and is also a Heart of Georgia Area Office on Aging Caregiver of the Year award recipient. She hopes to one day attend nursing school and credits her mother, also a professional caregiver, and her faith as her inspiration.
“Helping is what I enjoy doing,” Ms. Peebles says. “I try to love my neighbor as myself … and I just get a lot of satisfaction out of doing it.”