A Redlands care giver who has dedicated more than 1000 hours to helping others has been given an award for her work.
Pearl Blankenstein has been named the local caregiver of the year for Redlands and Logan.
The Wellington Point resident has been part of the Birkdale-based Home Instead Senior Care Redlands and Logan team since 2018.
She has worked in customer service since she was 18, and first recognised her strong connection with the elderly behind the counter at a convenience store.
"I love that I can make a difference in people's lives," she said.
"No day is the same. I know how important it is to provide great customer service and genuine care, so being able to build strong relationships and bonds with my clients is truly special."
Earlier this year, she was recognised as the caregiver of the quarter.
Home Instead Senior Care Redlands and Logan business manager Victoria Meyers praised her employee's qualities.
"Pearl is reliable, hardworking, energetic and trustworthy," she said.
"She is thorough and has attention to detail. Pearl shares engaging ideas or activities for clients to participate in, such as storytelling, trivia and bingo, so their day-to-day life is more fulfilled.
"She also empowers clients to speak up about their needs and interests.
"She goes the extra mile when it comes to planning for clients and is always organised and thoughtful. No client is too complex for her.
"We are delighted to present her with this award."