Award-winning CAREGiver Bobbie Hernandez's compassionate care has had quite an impact in the 10 months she's been with Home Instead Senior Care® of Las Cruces.
One of her clients, a spiritual leader, had a nickname for Bobbie: "My Saint." Bobbie, who was raised as a Roman Catholic, assisted the 71-year-old clergyman of a different faith from early March until his death May 29. She helped him five days a week, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., as part of a 24/7 team. Bobbie often accompanied the client and his wife to the hospital and doctors' offices during chemotherapy sessions and spent many hours with them outside the home.
"We had bonded, and I also was friends with his wife," the CAREGiver of the Month said. "His birthday was two days from mine, and we had a birthday celebration together. I learned a lot about what his spiritual community looks like. He was appreciative for everything I did."
In fact, the client gave Bobbie a Hamsa Hand, a palm-shaped amulet that's recognized as a sign of protection. "I keep it with me all the time on my keychain. It is like a part of me," she said.
As a protective CAREGiver, Bobbie "quarantined" herself from her client when she came down with a cold. "I stayed away from him for a week, since he had been undergoing chemotherapy and had a weakened immune system. When I returned, he said, 'Thank God you are back!' I replied by asking, 'Are you OK?' But he was more concerned about me than himself. He was a very tough guy and a good friend."
Near the end, as the client battled multiple myeloma and complications from it, Bobbie transitioned into a hospice CAREGiver.
"With those beautiful blue eyes, he told me goodbye one day," Bobbie sadly recalled. "Two hours later, after I had gotten home, I received a telephone call, telling me he had passed away. My client's death was the first one for me. I took off a couple of weeks, and Home Instead was very considerate. They sent me a card that was signed by everyone."
In the client's obituary, his family praised the care he received from Home Instead Senior Care while also paying tribute to others. "I have only one regret. He invited me to take a dip in his backyard swimming pool, and I wanted to do it but never did," Bobbie said.
Bobbie has assisted two new clients. "They are two ladies who are adorable. One is nonverbal because of Alzheimer's disease, and the other is very verbal. I see them as grandparents, and I am there to help but above all make them feel safe," she said.
For Bobbie, being a CAREGiver has been "a life-changing experience" since Jan. 20, when she joined the franchise owned by Jan and Ron Wimsatt. "I have no grandparents because they have passed away. I treat my clients as if they were my grandparents. In my eyes, I see family when I look at my clients," Bobbie said. "I love it when I have established trust with my clients.
"Since joining Home Instead Senior Care, I view life in a totally different way. I have more patience. I do not take life for granted. I am now living for the day. Seniors view life differently than others, and there is a wise perspective and much to learn from them."
While being a CAREGiver has profoundly affected Bobbie, Home Instead office staff members say she has made a great impact on others.
Bobbie said the Home Instead staff is different from any other employer she's had. "It is a drastic change from the others," Bobbie noted. "This company has patience and heart. They are extremely considerate and pay attention to us CAREGivers. They care for both clients and CAREGivers as if they were family. I am so happy with them that I can tell you I can't think of anything else I'd like to do right now."
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