Missouri’s Caregiver of the Year

two womenDo you know someone who puts their life on hold to care for an ill family member or friend? If so, the Department of Health and Senior Services invites you to nominate that person for Caregiver of the Year. * Year of the Caregiver Flyer*

The department will feature a story and photo of an unpaid caregiver each month. By December, an overall Caregiver of the Year will be selected. Click here for the nomination form and the photo release form. Send both forms, along with a digital photo of the caregiver, to Becca.Coffelt@health.mo.gov.


Maxine Hessel

Maxine Hessel

February Caregiver of the Month

Maxine Hessel brought hope and life to her mother, Lorna, each day allowing her to age at home with dignity and respect. Each month, Maxine brightened Lorna’s room by covering the ceilings, walls, and windows with bright and cheery décor.

Read more about Maxine’s caregiving journey.

February is Black History Month - The typical African American caregiver is a 44 year-old female, currently caring for one adult, a 66 year-old female relative who needs care because of a long–term physical condition. ~ National Alliance for Caregiving & AARP Public Policy Institute. Learn more.

Caregiving is the Hallmark of the African American Community

2018 Caregivers of the Month


2017 Caregiver of the Year – Nancy Wray

2017 Caregivers of the Month