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Joshua Padilla


Josh Finds Perfect Match With Home Instead

Nearly everything related to working for Home Instead Senior Care® of Las Cruces has been a good fit for CAREGiver of the Month Josh Padilla, who joined the award-winning franchise April 8, 2015.

Josh, a student at New Mexico State University, needed a job that would accommodate his academic load and fulfill his desire to help people. For Josh, that meant working overnight shifts, and Home Instead schedulers have found good matches for him. His current client is a great fit in more ways than one.

“He is a really good client and has been a real gentleman. We converse a lot, and I found I have some things in common we enjoy,” said Josh, who works his 7 p.m.-to-7 a.m. shift three nights a week that allows him to go to 8 a.m. classes. “I also assist him for four hours on Sunday mornings. When the weather is acceptable, I have taken him outside and toured the neighborhood. He really enjoys taking a stroll.

“My client and I love the classic movies, and I provide options for movies for him by bringing DVDs. I have brought over “Casablanca” and “The Wizard of Oz.” He really loves the Wizard of Oz because of all the songs. My client and I have a fairly set routine. I make a point to help with chores that will assist the CAREGivers who follow me.”

The staff agrees that Josh has been a great match for Home Instead. “Josh has been a very reliable and a caring asset to our Home Instead team. He is so personable as he takes the care of his clients, and he always voices his concerns right away,” CAREGiver Coordinator Valerie Catalan said.

Staffing Manager Ann Marie Vasquez added: “Josh is very positive, and he is also very dependable. He shows up to work on time and doesn’t take time off a lot. He is considerate of clients.” 

While Client Care Manager Dona Martinez also touted Josh’s dependability, Dona said: “He asks questions when he is unsure of something, and Josh does everything to get to know his clients well. He is interactive with whom he is working.”

Josh, who has been a CNA for three years, had worked in a skilled care facility until it became too difficult to find the right hours and juggle his class load. “I had no problem with my previous workplace other than the fact that it was inflexible, even when I volunteered to work overnight shifts,” Josh explained. “I had conversed with Home Instead CAREGivers who had come into the facility to help their clients, and I checked out Home Instead online and was impressed.

“I finished the medical side of my education three years ago. In addition to being a CNA, I earned certification in phlebotomy and EKG, and as a medical assistant. I am now working on a different academic thrust as a digital video major. In my fall semester, I am carrying 12 academic hours. Between work and school, it is working out, and I am not stressing.”

Josh’s current client is his fourth since he started with the franchise. “I had had three men before I joined him. As those men got better – their conditions improved – they did not need the night service,” Josh said. “My current client is a 24/7 client who will always need service, and I am looking to be with him for as long as possible. I have about another year and a half, three semesters of school.”

While Josh knows he’ll be moving on at some distant date, he loves what he is doing. “To be completely honest, it’s fair to say I have not had a job like this,” he said. “It is not as intense as a job in a facility where you can never stop to get to know someone very well. It did not feel good in that job because I always was coming up short with companionship since there was so much to do and too many people to take care of.

“As a CAREGiver, I finally get to give all my energy to just one person. I put myself into their care and give them something more than just the physical care they need. Developing friendships and relationships make me feel good. I just did not have the opportunity to do that with my other job. I felt I was doing a disservice to the residents because I could not spend more personal time with them. It made me feel as if I had no time to talk to them or listen to them.”

Josh pointed out his great relationships with the staff. “The owners, Jan and Ron Wimsatt, come out and greet me when I come to the office. It is a great environment,” Josh said. “The office is good to work with and pleasant.”

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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