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CAREGiver Alice Finds She’s Not ‘the Retiring Type’ 

​Alice Corral thought she was ready for retirement when she left her credit union job in 2004, but that only lasted about a year before she looked for a reason to get out of the house. 

“I sat around and finally decided I was tired of that. I found I did not like it,” said Alice, now an award-winning CAREGiver at Home Instead Senior Care® of Las Cruces. “It’s funny, because when I retired, I told myself, ‘I’ll never have some part-time job,’ but here I am. The big thing with this job is that I really enjoy it and the people. One of my grandmothers didn’t retire until she was 75. You never know – maybe that will be me, too.”

One of her friends, a CAREGiver for the past 12 years, told Alice about Home Instead Senior Care. Subsequently, Alice became a CAREGiver in November 2006, and except for a six-month period, has been with the franchise ever since. 

“I have had amazing clients, and owners Jan and Ron Wimsatt are amazing people as well,” Alice said. “Home Instead Senior Care has special people in the office. It is a good team, and they make it easy to work in that environment. I want to thank them all for their support. I try to do my best all the time, and I love my job. If I didn’t like it, I would have never stayed.”

Her first foray into senior care was inauspicious, according to Alice. “It was a little bit hard at first because I had never done anything like it,” Alice admitted. “A few clients at first did not want the help and told me to leave. It was not personal, but a pride issue. Ann Marie Vasquez, our staffing manager, encouraged me by saying, ‘Keep at it. Don’t give up.’ After a while, the reluctant clients realized they benefited from the help and were accepting. 
“Overall, I have been very fortunate to have had great clients – all of them, really. I like to meet new people, and I never would have met these precious folks if had I not worked for Home Instead Senior Care. I am learning from them because my clients teach me things by describing their experiences. I become like family to them. They’ve all been great,” Alice added.  

Some drawbacks to the job, Alice said, cannot be avoided. “I have lost some of them to death, and that is hard. I had one client for six years, and her passing was hard and unexpected. How do I deal with it? I go right back to work because our other clients and their families are counting on me. I usually have four or five clients at a time. Of course, the sadness lingers,” Alice said.  

After she goes home each day, Alice often wonders how her three regular clients are doing. Two of them are with a family member or another caregiver, and one is in an assisted care community where help is a button-push away. “I know that, but I still think about them,” Alice conceded. That kind of concern shows why the office honored Alice as a CAREGiver of the Month. 

Operations Specialist Ariel Kannady said Alice is an outstanding CAREGiver because she always gives her clients “100 percent and never any less.” Ariel explained: “Before she leaves any client, Alice makes sure all the needs are met so that client doesn’t have to worry about anything once she is gone for the day.”

Ann Marie, one of the office’s many encouragers, praised Alice. “Alice is great! She is very reliable, and she’s great with her clients and very positive,” the staffing manager said. Client Care Coordinator Dona Martinez added, “Alice is very dependable, works well with clients and is proactive.” 

Owner Ron Wimsatt said Alice’s ability to become like family to her clients is hard to miss, pointing out: “Alice is a very caring and kind individual, and she always focuses on the needs and concerns of her clients while putting them to the forefront of her attention. She has the ability to develop a special bond with her clients that enhances the quality of their time together.”  

“Alice is an amazing CAREGiver, and we are so thankful to have her as our teammate!” owner Jan Wimsatt said. “She gives such peace of mind to families as she develops a trusting relationship with our clients. In fact, one client’s daughter had to move out of state about a year ago, and the client ‘refuses to go’ unless Alice can go with her!”

Alice’s 84-year-old client is not eager to pack up and move 620 miles north to Denver, Colorado. “She truly misses her family,” Alice said, “but my client is not in a hurry to go. We’ve been like family, and it will also be hard on me when she does leave.

“I have been with her five days a week for almost five years and through two moves. She was in her home when I began assisting her, and she has since been in two assisted living facilities. Moves are tough for anybody, but I think she’s mostly settled in now and comfortable. She’s just in a holding pattern until the family can find a place for her. 

“We are close. I take her out to a bookstore to get more audio books because she loves them. Sometimes she gets tired of the food at the facility, and she wants to go to a restaurant. I also take her for a haircut on Tuesdays. Sometimes she likes to get out for a change of scenery.”

As she does with other clients, Alice loves to enjoy the light moments and savors them among her memories. “She saw a commercial one day and said, ‘I think I will get a car.’ Before I said anything, she caught herself and laughed, saying, ‘I guess I don’t even have a license anymore.’ I told her she did not need a car. I would always take her anywhere she wanted to go.”

And that’s exactly what family would do.

Home Instead CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, provide a variety of non-medical services to help keep seniors independent. For inquiries about employment with Home Instead Senior Care, please call (575) 522-7133 . Home Instead Senior Care also accepts online applications to become a in home caregiver.

For further information about the company, visit Las Cruces Home Instead Senior Care, or learn more about our company's senior home care services by viewing our digital brochure.​​​​


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