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Mickey Cooks Up Tasty Treats for Clients

A husband and wife, who are in their 80s, affectionately claim award-winning CAREGiver Mickey Sanchez as their Master Chef and adopted family member.

The wife hasn't cooked for a long time because her back aches so much, and she's still feeling the effects of a broken hip. She is convinced that Mickey makes the best chicken quesadillas in New Mexico, if not the U.S., and anyone who has tasted one would not disagree. Furthermore, both clients are certain nobody can whip up a big breakfast of cheese omelets, toast and bacon like Mickey does. They love their mornings with Mickey.

Mickey's meal preparation is a big deal, a much bigger matter than most people would imagine. The husband, who has dementia, usually won't eat unless Mickey prepares the food. So Mickey serves breakfast and noon lunch, and makes supper so it can be served after she finishes her 7 a.m.-to-1 p.m. shift. Before Mickey came into their lives, they were subsisting on thawed-out frozen foods. Mickey's hot meals mean a lot to them.

"That's also the husband's time to talk, while he's eating. Otherwise, he is mostly in his recliner during the day as the dementia deepens. He is doing great overall - he's never had any bed sores, and we've been able to keep him fairly healthy," said Mickey, who has been a CAREGiver since March 15, 2006, and has helped the couple for most of the past six years. "I love my job and my clients. I love what I do for them."

Mickey, who works for Home Instead Senior Care® of Las Cruces, wears many other hats while serving her clients. "They wouldn't know what to do without her," said franchise co-owner Jan Wimsatt, who pointed out that the CAREGiver of the Month has logged more than 9,500 hours of service time.

Said Mickey: "I gently get the gentleman up in the morning, and I help him shower every other day. In addition to the cooking, I do the shopping and take him to the doctor, about the only time he gets out of the house. He can walk with the aid of a walker. He is easy to work with because I am like family to them - his wife says.

"His wife could barely walk when I first got there because of her hip injury, and she has done OK in her recovery. My job is fulfilling ," said Mickey, part of a three-person caregiving team, "because they really do need the help to remain in their home."

Caregiving - for young or old - has been a part of the fabric of Mickey's family. She joined Ron and Jan Wimsatt's franchise after her sister-in-law, also a CAREGiver, told her about Home Instead. Mickey recently recommended a niece to Home Instead. Before joining Home Instead, Mickey took care of her mother for about a year before she passed away. Mickey also has taken care of children, and one of her first kids just graduated from college this spring. "We still keep in touch," she proudly said.

In addition to caregiving, Mickey has helped her franchise by teaching aspects of personal care to new CAREGivers. "Our office training is top-notch, and I am happy to help them with some of it," Mickey said. "I've also shown clients and family members some personal care tips that have benefited them."

What are Mickey's suggestions for first-time family caregivers, folks who are trying to take care of their moms and dads for the first time?

  • Patience is No. 1. Always.
  • Figure out the seniors' needs. Do they need a cane or a walker? Do they need help with a shower? What will they eat, and what do they want to eat?
  • Talk to them; companionship is key.
  • Get help if caregiving feels overwhelming.
  • Talk to your siblings and other relatives. Keep the lines of communications open.

Finally, Mickey says: "It's very important to give senior loved ones a strong greeting in the morning. Be as happy as you can be to start the day off right."​

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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