A 92-year-old female client wants to adopt award-winning CAREGiver Julieta Renteria, who appreciates the notion but points out she's already got two wonderful parents. The daughter of another client wants Julieta to come to Colorado when she and her 91-year-old father move in August. Again, Julieta appreciates the thought, but she grew up in Las Cruces and just moved back from El Paso, Texas, about a year ago.
Nearly everyone who comes into contact with Julieta immediately likes her, and it is hard for clients and their families to let go. That is because Julieta's compassion goes far above and beyond the call of duty in her job with Home Instead Senior Care® of Las Cruces. Client Care Manager Dona Martinez said: "I am so blessed to know such a great person as Julieta Renteria."
Dona added, "Julieta is very reliable and humble. She jumps into a situation, feels it out and takes over. I really like the way she observes and just knows what to do in every situation for her clients. She can 'just be a friend' and show up every week for someone who needs only the companionship or she can easily take on all other facets of what we offer – light housekeeping, medication reminders, meal preparation and transportation or running errands. She is so compassionate and understanding with her clients."
The client who wants to adopt Julieta, not only for herself but also for her pet poodle Molly, said: "Julieta is the best. I wish everyone was as nice as Julieta is. She knows what to do and when she sees something that needs to be done, she just does it. She walks my dog, Molly, every day – my dog waits for her to get here because she knows she will get to go out for a walk. Julieta is dependable and punctual. I am very happy you chose her as CAREGiver of the Month because she deserves it."
And the 91-year-old client's daughter, a registered nurse, told Julieta, "I wish I could take you with us after I retire from nursing, when Dad and I move to Colorado to be in the same city with other family members. I'd like to see if we could find a Home Instead Senior Care franchise there for you."
The client's daughter added: "Julieta has been so dependable. She has been caring for my father for almost a year now, and my father has done so well since she has been caring for him. He can't wait for her to come every morning. She always keeps me informed about any issues or concerns about my dad. She even takes the dog out for a walk with my father, which gets him out of the house for a little while. I would highly recommend her. I am glad she has been chosen for your CAREGiver of the Month. I feel she is highly deserving."
Julieta always has loved helping people, and lending a hand to those who need it seems like second nature to her. Because she does it so humbly and without an expectation of praise, the CAREGiver of the Month honor was a pleasant surprise.
was a little shocked but also thrilled to hear about being named CAREGiver of the Month. I have been selected from a big group of CAREGivers, so that is quite something. I love everybody in our office," said Julieta, a Las Cruces native who also worked for two years at an agency in El Paso, Texas. "Maybe 2015 will prove to be a perfect year for me – the year seems to have gotten off to a great start."
The first two months of 2014 – both in El Paso – sometimes weren't easy, and one day was a crusher. On Feb. 25, the El Paso agency closed and Julieta's 104-year-old client died. Julieta had worked for the agency while she was earning a medical assistant's degree at an El Paso college. "I really loved my client and the three other members of our 24/7 team who helped him," Julieta said.
Julieta's fortunes quickly changed. She moved back to Las Cruces and was hired March 28 at the award-winning Home Instead franchise that has thrived for more than 18 years with co-owners Jan and Ron Wimsatt at the helm. Julieta quickly picked up three regular clients – the ones she still has – and she leaves her weekends open for fill-in shifts. Her clients and the franchise staff are glad Julieta landed with the franchise, and their compliments flow abundantly:
Julieta hopes to put her medical assistant degree to work sometime in the future but also wants to keep working for Home Instead, which is possible because of Home Instead's work flexibility.
"I would like to keep my hand in caregiving because I like helping seniors, and I also would like to work in a medical office or hospital," Julieta said. "Home Instead is on my heart because I get attached to my clients. They are like family."
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