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Kristiana Turko

Kristiana Turko

Position: CAREGiver

Organization: Home Instead Senior Care


What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?
We are electing to nominate and recognize Kristiana who is a selfless, seasoned CareGiver. She provides an unconditional devotion to those she embraces with her quality of care and generous heart. Despite any challenges or obstacles she faces. Kristiana continues to excel as a professional CareGiver. Aside from these shining attributes Kristiana is a creative and highly dependable CareGiver that provides the utmost in care allowing for her clientele to continue to experience personal integrity, independence and a wholesomeness within their own home.

Why should this person be nominated
In March, 2011 Home Instead Senior Care welcomed Kristina to our CAREGiving team with many years of prior caregiving experience including personal, hospice and companion care. She continually strives to enhance her skills in all areas of caregiving. Our clients describe her as reliable, very caring and giving, truly professional, very flexible, and is often thought of as “one of the family.”

Kristina has a very special talent in caring for challenging clients. Exercising patience and sincere compassion, she has the ability to quickly build a trusting bond with our clients. She easily assesses the needs of the clients and immediately acts upon fulfilling those needs. For instance, one family member informed our office that her mother felt isolated and she once loved walking and taking drives around the nearby area. Realizing this, Kristina planned the assigned time with the client by taking her on daily walks and frequent drives along the beach and nearby areas. She brought a lot of joy to the client.

On another occasion, she realized a client once loved horseback riding but was unable to engage in that activity any longer. Kristina found a nearby stable and surprised the client with a drive to the stable. She said it brought tears of joy to her eyes seeing the expression of excitement on the client's face. They frequently visited the stable afterward.

Our nominee is able to gain the cooperation of many clients by encouraging them to accomplish tasks that many other caregivers have not been able to accomplish, such as taking baths, brushing their teeth, changing the linen on the bed, etc. Clients often rave about Kristina’s professionalism, humor and compassion she shares with them. These consistent actions of hers have resulted in many long-term client assignments.

Kristina is very giving of herself. During the past three years she has consistently taken a previously assigned senior client to our office CAREGiver Holiday Christmas Party. The client looks forward to spending the time with Kristina year after year.

Kristiana took her caring to another level during the end of client's life. On her own time, she made daily visits to the hospice facility where our blind Veteran was staying. His face would light up when he heard her voice every time she came into his room. On one particular day before she left, he was too ill to speak to her, so she put lotion on his feet to calm him, certainly making him smile. He passed away hours later.