Ham Lake woman named top caregiver in 2011

Ham Lake resident Amy Kirkeide was recently named 2011 Comfort Keeper of the Year, an honor given to only eight caregivers, called Comfort Keepers, in the nation.

Amy Kirkeide has been named the 2011 Comfort Keeper of the Year.
Amy Kirkeide has been named the 2011 Comfort Keeper of the Year.

Comfort Keepers has over 20,000 caregivers in its independently owned and operated franchise system.

Kirkeide was chosen for this honor because of her outstanding work, dedication and commitment to the Comfort Keepers mission and vision – to provide clients with the highest level of quality of life that is achievable.

Kirkeide was nominated by the management team for her outstanding work caring for seniors and other adults in the Blaine, Anoka, Forest Lake, White Bear Lake and surrounding communities.

“Amy exemplifies the mission and vision of Comfort Keepers,” said Janell Tibodeau, Comfort Keepers general manager. “She truly does treat clients with the respect and dignity they deserve, as though they are a part of her own family. It is difficult to put into words what an impact she has made on numerous lives. Amy genuinely loves to get to know her clients. She has the highest respect for the people she works with.

“Her clients each have stories to share; important stories of heritage. Amy listens to those stories with genuine wide-eyed excitement as each story unfolds. It is as if though she is reading a live book when she works with her clients. We are so proud and blessed to have Amy on our Comfort Keepers team.”

Comfort Keepers are nominated for this honor by the local franchise staff based on their demonstration of professionalism, exceptional client care services, teamwork with colleagues, collaborative relationships with the family of the client and extraordinary personal characteristics.

“All of these people have touched my life so much,” said Kirkeide. “It is an honor for me to know that I have played a part in making their final days as comfortable and peaceful as possible.

“They all welcomed me into their homes and shared their life stories with me as they reflected on their lives. It is impossible to imagine anything more meaningful and rewarding than the time I have shared with them.”

Get to know what it means to Kirkeide to be a Comfort Keeper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y5yvINhG3M.

Comfort Keepers provides in-home care services on an hourly, daily or weekly basis with tailored packages customized to an individual’s needs. Services include companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, incidental transportation, laundry, recreational activities and more.

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