Each quarter since 2005, The Senior’s Choice has honored one of our members’ caregivers with our distinguished “Caregiver of the Season” award, recognizing their dedication, passion, compassion, and outstanding achievement. The remarkable individual listed below is the kind of person who will be caring for your loved one when you hire a member of The Senior’s Choice to provide in-home care.

Lisa Joy Watson

What makes Lisa Joy Watson an exceptional choice for Caregiver of the Season? Lisa was hired in November of 2012. She brought her newborn daughter with her to the interview—not a traditional start to a job interview. But the baby slept through the interview and in getting to know Lisa I saw she had the right heart for caregiving even though she was young and didn’t have a lot of experience. I hired her. I scheduled her for training and, as I watched her walk out the door with her baby, I wondered, “How is a young single mother going to be able to be dependable for the agency? Will she even show up for training?”

Well, she did show up, and before her training was even complete, I had a new client lined up for her. The client’s wife had Alzheimer’s. They’d never had a caregiver before but the gentleman said his wife was very sweet and easy to work with. My assessment confirmed how pleasant she was. I asked Lisa if she could take the shift and she accepted without hesitation. Then, one hour into the shift I received a frantic call from Lisa. The client did NOT want a caregiver so she picked up Lisa’s purse and threw it out the door onto the lawn. When Lisa went to retrieve the purse, this sweet lady slammed the door shut and locked Lisa out! So we had to call the husband home. It was a memorable first day for Lisa and I thought for sure she wouldn’t show up the next day. But she did and was ready to learn. I could tell she was bright and engaged but, again, I didn’t have a lot of faith she’d last very long. To my admiration, she kept showing up for shifts and got good reviews from her clients.

About a month later she called saying she couldn’t come to work on time. She had hit a deer and her car was not drive-able. I thought she was finished for sure this time, but, within a few days she had it figured out and was right back to work. She has been with our company for five years now.

I look back at what a rough start she had and both laugh and feel so proud of her. She has a tenacious and intelligent spirit. Over the past few years, she has been attending college to pursue a nursing degree. She is a great mother who manages home and work, while going to college. Lisa is a bright, independent woman who deserves the special privilege of Caregiver of the Season. If she is able to help, she is beyond ready even at the last minute. She is thorough, gifted, and passionate. If I could have a whole team of Lisas, I’d do it in a minute!

Mary Lou Peet

Comprehensive In Home Care

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