When award-winning CAREGiver Maude Allen's client passed away, succumbing to
Alzheimer's disease, her 93-year-old widower wasn't ready to let Maude go. So
he became a client who had something in mind to stay active.
"He kept me to help with his video project, which documented where he
and his wife had been as world travelers. They had gone around the globe at
least two times because, when he was 50, he and his wife moved to Europe for
his job," said Maude, a CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior
Care® of Las Cruces.
During the client's travels, he had accumulated hundreds of slides. The client
wanted Maude to help edit the slides, scan them and manipulate the images for
quality. Maude and the client then put the collection together as a presentation
for his family.
"When we were finished," Maude recalled, "he had made a hard
copy of all pictures to give to his granddaughter. Other family members received
the files on a thumb drive. I wish I had a movie of them. When he died 3½
years ago, he said he was ready to go. I still have a picture of him and his
wife sitting on an elephant. All of my clients have similarly amazing lives.
In his case, I loved it because his final years had meaning, a drive and an
Maude, who has been a CAREGiver for 10 years, also lives with a purpose. One
of her favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 4:32, which says: "Be kind to
one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave
"My faith plays a role in every part of my life, as well as my job,"
Maude said. "Many times clients want to talk about religion or just be
assured that they will know their loved ones in their eternal life. I am there
to listen and reassure them.
"I am there to give them a hug when their world seems to be crumbling
down. All along the way, I pray for guidance to know the right things to say
to lift their spirits. Just knowing that someone truly cares means the world
to them. I love what I do because it gives me a sense of accomplishment just
knowing that I have been there for these wonderful people."
An aura of peace and serenity seems to follow Maude wherever she goes.
"When I speak to Maude or when she comes to the office, she gives me
a sense of peace. Maude's demeanor is calming and relaxing," Staffing Manager
Ann Marie said. "I can only imagine the calming feeling she gives her clients.
She is dependable, reliable and just a delightful person. Maude is truly an
Others joined Ann Marie in providing superlatives for Maude:
Maude learned her life skills early in life as she grew up on a ranch between
Hatch and Deming, later running the ranch with her mother. They sold the ranch
and moved to Las Cruces in 2002 when her mother retired. "I love Las Cruces
and the Southwest. I never tire of the beautiful mountains, desert scenery and
breathtaking sunsets," she said. "Moving to Las Cruces was somewhat
of an adjustment, but I got used to it. It was more difficult for my mother.
"After we moved, I knew I wanted to give back and help people in some
way. I felt a calling to help senior citizens. They are truly the forgotten
'jewels' in our society. I saw an ad in the help-wanted section of the Las Cruces
Sun News, cut it out and thought about it for a month. I contacted Home Instead
and was accepted. Then, my journey began.
"As with a lot of the caregivers I have met, I had taken care of a family
member. It helped me understand the difficulties we will experience as we get
older and problems families will face."
Asked what she likes most about being a CAREGiver, Maude said: "I like
getting to know our clients and providing them the help that makes their lives
easier. I also feel they can teach me many things because they have a wealth
of knowledge and experience in many areas.
"Some of my clients have told me that seniors feel 'invisible' as they
grow older. They also feel that society doesn't value them anymore. That saddens
me. I try to make up for this emptiness in their lives and give them the dignity
"I may be prejudiced, but I feel Home Instead is the best available service
out there for seniors wanting to stay in their homes. I have clients who introduce
me as their CAREGiver and then proceed to tell the person how wonderful our
company is. I agree."
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