Rivera found the perfect job that allows her to assist her 84-year-old mother,
who is battling congestive heart failure. To say Anita has been happy since she
started working for Home Instead Senior Care® of Las Cruces on Aug.
14, 2015, is an understatement.
I had found my job with Home Instead Senior Care earlier. After my first week
on the job,” Anita recalled, “I came into the office and announced to
everybody, ‘I just love my job.’ Jan Wimsatt, one of our franchise owners,
looked a little puzzled and said with a smile, ‘Who is this person?’ ”
person was Home Instead Senior Care’s CAREGiver of the Month for January. In
detailing the reasons for her happiness, Anita explained: “I had a busy
schedule with my previous job, and it wasn’t working because I could not be
there when Mom needed one of us family members. I decided to change careers to
better handle her care because her health had been declining. She is a trooper,
but she needs a hand. My job gives me flexibility to do that.”
mother was diagnosed with congestive heart failure more than a year ago, and
she had suffered a heart attack 10 years ago. Her mom lives with her sister,
and they also have someone who drops by to see her if they are not with her.
Anita’s mother is in a rehabilitation facility now because of a swollen foot
but expects to come home soon.
really like working with people and helping them. I had not had a professional
caregiving job before, but I was helping my mother as a family caregiver so I
figured there was a good chance I could do this. When I started applying for
jobs online, I found Home Instead Senior Care,” Anita said. “I learned so many
things from Home Instead training that not only helped me with clients but also
has helped me care for my mother. The training is very detailed, and I want to
keep going with training by taking the ongoing classes.”
has four regular clients and also works fill-in shifts if she is available.
Anita’s daily schedule goes something like this: Mornings, clients. Afternoons,
mom. Early evenings, clients. Night-time tuck-in, mom.
has had some memorable moments. One client in particular tugged at her heart
strings. Anita started working with him and his wife before Thanksgiving and
had only about two months with the client before he lost his battle with cancer
in January. “I miss him and my 3 o’clock tea with his wife,” Anita sadly said.
found unusual and serendipitous ways of helping her client – and assisting his
wife while she was taking care of him. “During his last month, he was in a lot
of pain and felt chilly quite a bit of the time. I remember one day when he
felt so cold I took my scarf and gave it to him. His wife chuckled and told him,
‘That’s a woman’s scarf.’ He replied, ‘I don’t care – it keeps me warm,’ ”
client was on a thickened-liquid diet. But in the final month, he was allowed
to have more solid food. One day, Anita brought a soft drink, and her client winked
and asked, “Could I have a swig of that soda?” Anita asked his wife, and she
said, “Sure, go ahead.” That made his day.
end,” Anita said, “he would tell me at the dinner table that nothing tasted
good any more. He insisted a soda helped him regain his taste, so I would let
him have sips of a soda with his meal with his wife’s permission. What a
difference it made for him. You wouldn’t think something like that would mean
so much, but it did. We also had a lot of fun. I would laugh with him and
listen to his music.”
remembers taking the client’s wife to the hospice facility when he was moved
there. “He went fast – he was transported there on a Wednesday and died on a
Sunday. It was sad when I got the call from her. He was my first client who
passed away,” Anita said through her tears. “But I really like what I do, and I
plan to keep going.”
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.
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