If there’s any question how much two-time CAREGiver of the Month Micaela “Mickey” Sanchez means to her clients, one of those clients recently erased all doubt. The client told Sedona Jurney, operations specialist at Home Instead Senior Care® of Las Cruces:“Mickey puts my appointments on the calendar, gets all of my things organized and keeps them that way. She just runs the show, and I like to keep it that way. I can count on Mickey to know when, where and what we are doing. Some days I have a bad day – I think everyone does – but it makes me feel good to know Mickey will be there for me.” Mickey, who celebrated her 10th anniversary with Home Instead Senior Care on March 15, 2006, first earned CAREGiver of the Month honors in April 2014. The franchise spotlight found the humble, unassuming Mickey again as CAREGiver of the Month for May 2016. Mickey’s feats are just as evident to new franchise owner Buffy Johnson as they were for former co-owners Jan and Ron Wimsatt. The office staff is eager to provide superlatives.Staffing Manager Ann Marie Vasquez said: “Mickey is an all-around great CAREGiver. She always responds when we ask her to help us train another CAREGiver for the client with whom she currently serves. Mickey has done it more than once. She is very proactive, caring, compassionate, reliable and trustworthy. She is always on time to her shift. Mickey definitely knows how to live our motto, ‘To us, it’s personal.’ ” Care Coordinator Dona Martinez added: “Mickey works really well with her client. Mickey seems to know just what a client needs. Mickey’s organizational and Home Helper skills as a CAREGiver are absolutely above and beyond. She really cares and puts a professional touch to what she does.”Mickey’s client also told Sedona that Mickey always puts her clients first no matter what the circumstances are. “You know,” the client said, “some days I know Mickey is not feeling well. I can just tell, but she doesn’t complain at all, not a peep, and she takes such good care of me.” Recalling the past 10 years with Home Instead Senior Care, Mickey said, “It all started from a suggestion by my sister-in-law, who was a CAREGiver for about six months. It has been great. I enjoy my work, and I enjoy the people I’ve met – the clients and their families.” Among her career highlights, Mickey mentioned the couple with whom she served for seven years. Both are gone, having passed away at 89 and 86. “The husband had dementia when I started with them. It seemed after he passed away 2½ years ago, his wife developed dementia very quickly and passed six months later,” Mickey explained. “I met the clients’ daughters, sons and grandkids. I keep in contact with a daughter and even went out to lunch recently with her.”Mickey joined her current client about a year ago after she was released from a hospital following hip surgery that was needed after a fall at a grocery store. The 86-year-old client’s progress has been amazing; she’s walking on her own with the help of a walker and she also drives occasionally. The widow has no children, but she lives in an independent care community.“She knew about Home Instead from many years back because she requested a CAREGiver while recovering from a major car accident. This time around, she cut back on her hours of service in recent months because her condition has improved,” Mickey said, “but I will stay longer in the afternoon if she needs me. I am usually there on weekends from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for three hours on Saturdays.”One Home Instead Senior Care memory for Mickey mirrored a similar crisis situation that had occurred years earlier with her late father. A client was choking and the quick-thinking Mickey performed the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the object and save the day. “The client had a bigger-sized pill lodge in her throat, and she was coughing and coughing. I hit the call button for a nurse, but I was able to get it out before anyone arrived. Now the client crushes the pill and mixes it with apple sauce,” Mickey said. “Dad was eating during his episode.”Mickey dismissed the heroic act with her typical “aw-shucks” reaction. “I was glad to help. It was no big deal,” she said.
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