2018 CAREGiver of the Year - James Perez
Your hard work, dependability and success with your clients will not go unnoticed. The Home Instead Senior Care network recognizes exceptional CAREGiversSM
with local and national CAREGiverSM
of the Year awards in appreciation for all they do.
Last night, James Perez of Mission Viejo, California, was named the 2018 North American CAREGiverSM of the Year for his lifelong dedication to serving others. For more than 20 years, Home Instead Senior Care has selected one of its 70,000 North American professional caregivers for the prestigious annual award – identifying a CAREGiverSM who demonstrates extraordinary compassion and care toward his/her clients.
"I set out to find a meaningful opportunity for service and I found it in this work," said Perez in his acceptance speech to the more than 1,300 attendees at the Home Instead annual convention in Omaha. “When I started this work, I could not have imagined the unique and amazing clients I would get to spend time with."
Perez, a Vietnam War veteran, has shown a lifelong commitment to service. Following his military service and many years of work as a musician, Perez was drawn to a career in care. He learned the basics of caregiving while volunteering at a hospital that treated children with burn injuries. Later, he decided to make caregiving his career and chose to dedicate his time to Home Instead. Since then, he has formed meaningful relationships and delivered exceptional care to many clients.
The Home Instead Senior Care franchise network, the leading provider of home care services for older adults, employs more than 70,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide. Home Instead CAREGiversSM help individuals remain independent for as long as possible in the comfort of their own homes or in care communities as they age, providing companionship and services ranging from meal preparation and medication reminders, to personal care and Alzheimer's care.
"CAREGiverSM of the Year is the highest accolade for a Home Instead CAREGiverSM," said Lori Hogan, co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care. "We are blessed to work with amazing CAREGiversSM like James Perez who truly live our mission of enhancing the lives of aging adults and their families."
Joe Sanders, owner of the Home Instead franchise in Mission Viejo, was delighted James was selected for the prestigious award.
"James is one of a kind," said Sanders. "He is compassionate and incredibly caring. I believe there is no greater heart than that of a CAREGiverSM, and James is no exception. James demonstrates kind-heartedness countless times every day, allowing us to deliver the highest quality care to our clients."
Perez is grateful for the award, and most of all, thankful for his clients and the opportunity to find fulfillment through caregiving.
"It is truly an honor to be recognized for this work. Caregiving is extremely gratifying and really enriches my life. I’m glad I have the time and ability to share compassion and care with others."
To learn about becoming a CAREGiverSM and joining the Home Instead family, visit www.homeinstead.com/jobs.