Carmel man receives national Caregiver of the Year Award

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Dean Phillips (left) and franchise owner Michael Rothenberger. Phillips was recognized as Caregiver of the Year on Sept. 19. (Submitted photo)

Dean Phillips (left) and franchise owner Michael Rothenberger. Phillips was recognized as Caregiver of the Year on Sept. 19. (Submitted photo)

By Sophie Pappas

Carmel resident Dean Phillips was named as Caregiver of the Year during the national convention for Home Care Assistance, a non-medical, in-home care group for seniors, that aims to find people doing extraordinary work in the field of senior living facilities.

Phillips was selected from the more than 4,000 caregivers across North America who were in the running for this award.

“He really is an example of how life is a rich, ongoing journey, and you simply can’t predict where you will find fulfillment. He also defies the stereotype of professional caregivers as young women – in reality it’s a field in which there are many opportunities for people of all ages and from all walks of life,” said Lauren Gard, the communications specialist at Home Care Assistance.

Gard said that Phillips was selected for his phenomenal work with clients over the course of his two years working with the elderly, and because he truly embodies a mission to change the way the world ages.

“Dean’s career in caregiving came later in life,” Gard said. “He’d worked as a tire salesman before his mother became ill with a brain tumor. He became her full-time caregiver and after she passed he realized he’d found his calling in life, and so he joined Home Care Assistance to help others.”


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