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Danette Connolly, Director of Care with Home Instead Waterford, is delighted to announce that the nominations are in for the Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver of the Year and the winner will be announced on Thursday, September, 5th. The overall winner will go on to represent Waterford in the national awards final which takes place in Dublin on October 5th.

The premise of the local and subsequent national competition is to recognise and reward the work of CAREGivers in general. Danette commented that the criteria for the awards includes showing evidence that caring is a passion and not just a job, that the carer is prepared to go above and beyond the call of duty, that the CAREGiver has helped the client to reach and maintain independence and that the CAREGiver has adhered to the stringent Home Instead Senior Care policies and procedures.

This year the panel of independent adjudicators includes The Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. John Cummins, Waterford Hospice Fundraising Chairperson, Marie Cummins and Hazel Daniels, Former Director of Nursing with Waterford Regional Hospital.

According to Ms. Connolly, the work of the CAREGiver is invaluable to those who need support in and around their homes. “CAREGivers provide thousand of hours of care and support to people throughout Waterford.”

“The role is varied with many CAREGivers performing daily tasks such as shopping, laundry and providing lifts to family, friends, the library or even the G.P. However, we see in more cases, families are spread throughout the country and further afield and many of our CAREGivers are there to just simply provide companionship.”

Marie Cummins of Waterford Hospice emphasised the importance of the work of carers. “So many carers are dedicated to providing the best service to their clients. It might simply be that they are there to listen or to help with the day to day chores, however these services make a huge difference to those who avail of them.”

The Waterford final for the 3rd Home Instead CAREGiver of the Year takes place at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 5th at Dooley’s Hotel, The Quay, Waterford.

To find out more about the services provided by Home Instead Senior Care you can visithttp://www.homeinstead.ie