Great Care Indianapolis Il

Caregiver of the Year Award


CICOA’s Orion Bell and Board Chair Mary Beth Tuohy presented the Caregiver of the Year Award yesterday to JoAnn Fowler Combs, Indianapolis, Ind., during our annual Signature Breakfast. Congratulations JoAnn for your life of dedicated service!

JoAnn Fowler Combs has been a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, daycare owner, child care director, volunteer and church member. In addition to all of these roles, she also is a personal caregiver and has been for more than a decade.

Widowed at age 32, JoAnn finished raising her two children Patrice and Christopher, as a single parent. While juggling the demands of work and family, she also helped provide care for other family and friends.

“I purchased my home knowing that if my family needed me, I would be able to take care of them in my home,” she said.

For more than 10 years, JoAnn has provided care for her second husband and her mother, who both took their final breaths in her arms. After her former son-in-law had a debilitating stroke, JoAnn became his caregiver as well. She took him to medical appointments, cooked his meals and assisted with his rehabilitation. In 2006, she took in a sister, who is paralyzed and suffers from mental illness. She also started caring for her first mother-in-law, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Today, JoAnn helps both of these women with personal care, prepares their favorite foods, and takes them to doctor’s appointments. In her nomination letter, her daughter Patrice said, “Mom is committed and determined that neither my grandmother nor her sister will be placed in a nursing facility, and that the days they have left will be lived at home surrounded by family.”

In addition to taking care of family, JoAnn serves on the Parish Council at St. Rita Catholic Church and has been a Grand Lady (president) of the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver for the past five years.

“Everyone is not able to do what I do. I guess it’s a calling,” JoAnn said. “I ask the Lord to give me strength and keep me healthy.”

Great Care couldn’t be more proud of our own JoAnn Combs for winning such a prestigious award! Thanks, JoAnn for all that you do. We love you!!

Great Care Indianapolis Il

JoAnn pictured (center) with her son Christopher and daughter Patrice
About Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at GreatCare of Indianapolis IN.
GreatCare is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
Daytime hourly in-home care
Temporary or post-hospital respite care
24-hour, around-the-clock home care
Morning and evening care
Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.

Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.