Marthe Youga from Donegal has been crowned Ulster CAREGiver of the Year at Home Instead’s annual carer recognition awards.

The care company runs the annual awards to reflect the incredible work that carers do right across the country, helping to keep older people safe and well in their own homes and communities.

Marthe, who has worked for Home Instead for just one year, was nominated for the award by Alison Hegarty, General Manager of Home Instead in Donegal.

Alison Hegarty, General Manager of Home Instead Donegal, presenting Marthe Youga from Donegal, the Home Instead Ulster CAREGiver of the Year award 2021

Commenting on Margaret’s nomination for the award, Alison Hegarty, General Manager of Home Instead in Donegal said: “In the past 12 months Marthe has shown unwavering dedication and kindness to everyone she comes across. Marthe has been a wonderful addition to our team. Our clients who have received care from Marthe hold her with the highest regard and are extremely eager to welcome her back.

“Marthe perfectly embodies our core Home Instead values, she encourages and nurtures a trusting relationship with her clients, always taking the time to listen and engage.

“She has shown great empathy to her clients during the lonely Covid days and is always on hand with a listening ear and a bursting heart.”

Awards Judge, Journalist and Dementia Advocate, Teena Gates said: “The testimonials and feedback from Marthe’s colleagues, fellow CAREGivers and perhaps most importantly, her clients, show just how important a member of the team, and the community in Donegal she is. We were delighted to recognise her outstanding contribution by awarding her the Ulster CAREGiver of the Year prize.”

Chief Operating Officer of Home Instead, Shane Jennings added: “The CAREGiver of the Year awards are a reflection of the fantastic work that Home Instead carers do in every town, village and townland in Ireland. I’m delighted that Marthe is this year’s Ulster CAREGiver of the year. She has proven the ideal CAREGiver, she is reliable, passionate, hardworking and shows loves and commitment to all those that she cares for.”