Readers’ Choice Contest

The response to Shield HealthCare’s 14th Annual Caregiver Story Contest on “What Makes Caregiving Rewarding?” was amazing! Thank you to everyone who shared their beautiful stories about the rewards of caregiving. With more than 450 inspirational caregiver stories received and just 8 winners chosen, Shield HealthCare is recognizing 12 finalists in the 4th Annual Readers’ Choice Contest. This gives YOU and the voting public the opportunity to choose your favorite caregiver story. To honor these dedicated caregivers, the top three winners with the most votes will each receive $150 in American Express gift cards.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who participated!

Jody K.        
Professional Caregiver

I never imagined I would experience such amazing things. I never imagined that in caring for people ravaged by dementia that their memories would become mine in such a special way. I never expected to be a time traveler, but I am grateful every day that I am...

Nathan J.        
Caregiver for his mom

To me, this is the most rewarding aspect about being a caregiver; we think we’re caring for them, when they’re giving us strength all along...

Socorro E.       
Caregiver for her son

I am humbled and grateful that there are opportunities that help children stay at home instead of the hospital. With the chance to complement those ideals and improve quality of life, it is insurmountable to measure with words in regards to reward...

Albert V.       
Professional Caregiver

I met her children at the wake and they all thanked me for taking care of her. “Your love and patience calmed Mother and made her smile again,” said the eldest daughter...

Jade G.       
Caregiver for her son

All that goes into caring for and having a child of very special needs is not really something you can put into words; it's draining, emotional, frightening, demanding, life altering. The anxiety can often overwhelm you to the point of feeling as though you can't even breathe. Then he smiles and looks very deliberately right into your eyes, and then you exhale, and you breathe, your heart melts...

Miriam H.        
Caregiver for her husband

He has taught me to embrace life for whatever it brings and not be fearful. It is my beautiful husband with his Alzheimer’s who has taught me the most about resilience, and the true meaning of love despite all the hard work. This is what makes caregiving for him so rewarding....

Amy G.       
Caregiver for her mom

Making a difference in someone else’s life has forever changed mine. I am stronger and gentler than I would have been otherwise. I have hope each life I touch will be better because of the care I give and that is the greatest reward...

Meredith W.       
RN / Professional Caregiver

Helping others is a selfishly good feeling. Nursing truly is its own reward. Every day you can see that you made a difference, whether in the voiced decrease in pain, the measurements that indicate wound healing or the discernable lift in spirits...

Lynn G.       
Professional Caregiver

But my goal in life is to make the world a better place. And by being a caregiver, I can do that every day. It may be in small ways, but they are big ways to those I help. And to me, at the end of the day, I can sleep well knowing that I matter to another human being...

Cindy B.       
Professional Caregiver

Caring for my son and the DD population has taught me patience, sacrifice and unconditional love. Some of us go through life working jobs. Few of us are fortunate enough to find our calling.  I feel I am proof that if you love what you do, you never have to go to work a day in your life...

Margaret M.       
Hairdresser

Health is not merely the absence of disease but encompasses physical, social and emotional well-being. Thus, caregiving must manifest itself in many forms. Operating a business that allows me to care for people’s social and emotional well-being through the hair that goes with them throughout the world is one of the ways caregiving manifests itself in my life...

Helen S.       
Caregiver for her grandmother

As I'd cared for her, I'd absorbed the stories and myths and customs of a distant time and place that was gone forever. I saved it to myself, so I'd keep that part of her alive. I felt like I'd lived in her childhood in a falling down post Civil War mansion in the flatlands of Arkansas, and ridden in the first car in town...

 
Shield HealthCare recognizes the dedication and daily challenges of caregivers. Our annual caregiver story contest on “What Makes Caregiving Rewarding?” is a special way to honor caregivers and provide an encouraging forum to share inspiration. Whether you are a family caregiver or a home health professional, we welcome your story about the rewards of being a caregiver.
Top 3 Story Winner Prizes
  • $500 American Express Gift Card
  • One-year subscription to Today's Caregiver Magazine
  • Commemorative Wall Plaque
Top 5 Runner-up Prizes
  • $150 American Express Gift Card
  • One-year subscription to Today's Caregiver Magazine

The 2014 Caregiver Story Contest officially ended on 11/30/14. Winners will be notified on 12/19/14.

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ALL contest entrants will receive an "I Care" heart lapel pin!