“To us, it’s personal.”
“Everything that hurts my client also hurts me.’’
“Samara cares with her heart. She provides her client 100 percent of herself.”
It might not be possible for award-winning CAREGiver Samara
Rodriguez to give any more of herself than she already does to her
clients at Home Instead Senior Care® of Las Cruces.
who joined Home Instead Senior Care on July 28, 2008, has been
“family” to a client for the past five years. Depending on the
perspective, Samara has either observed some amazing rebounds by her
client or participated in the wondrous turnarounds that have kept the
95-year-old dementia client going despite a multitude of maladies.
“My client has endured a pattern of rapidly declining health
episodes that are followed by miraculous comebacks,” Samara said. “Last
year, she couldn’t talk for a time. The doctors believe she had a
series of mini-strokes, but they just don’t know for sure.
“I was able to communicate with her because I knew her body
language, expressions and habits so well. If I was stumped, I would
softly keep asking questions until she nodded or shook her head. Now
she is back to saying sentences or phrases where I can help her with a
missing word or two. It truly is another miracle, and she’s had many,”
“I have always wanted so badly to help her. She’s like my mother,
and I take care of her as if she were my baby. When she was capable of
speaking, she asked me to call her ‘Mom,’ and that is exactly what I do
– I call her ‘Mom’ or ‘Mommy’ – because we are just like family. I’ve
always given my very best – 110 percent – and I don’t mean to use that
as a cliché.”
Samara’s client went into hospice for about three months but was
taken off that designation in September. She had been in the hospital,
in rehabilitation and back home in her nursing home, but Samara rarely
left her side for long. Samara’s efforts did not go unnoticed – check
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Samara has other Home Instead clients, does fill-in work and has
another part-time job. While she is generous with her time for
caregiving duties and works six days a week, she’s a loving mom with a
daughter and a son. “If I get four or five hours of sleep,” Samara said
with a laugh, “that’s enough. One of the many great things about Home
Instead is the flexible hours and accommodation so that I can do my
Even though she’s a busy mom and CAREGiver, Samara always finds time for her faith.
“I am always praying for my clients,” said Samara, who takes her
95-year-old client to 11 a.m. Devotionals every weekday. “As far as
asking for miracles, I absolutely do and then leave it up to God. I
believe God gives me a certain number of qualities or gifts that I
provide to my clients: love, compassion, caring, affection, empathy,
faith, discernment and wisdom.”
Sometimes there are no words for Samara’s attachment to her longtime
client, who knows Samara’s face, the tone of her voice and expressions
of kindness and comfort. “As soon as she sees me,” Samara said, “she
smiles. She seems excited. Whether she can talk that day or not, it
makes no difference. I am truly hers.
“I have taken the time to really get to know my client and her 67-
and 71-year-old daughters. I know, for instance, that she’d go to
school on a horse when she was a child. Of seven brothers and sisters,
she’s the only one left. I can talk to her about her long-ago
memories, the only ones that she still has because of dementia.”
How does Samara manage to do all of this?
“I am there to serve her and God. You have to put yourself in the
clients’ shoes,” she said, “because if you can do that, you can
understand them better. Sometimes it would make me so frustrated to be
in their places. One goal I always have is to remain upbeat, positive
and happy no matter what has happened that day. I always have been a
happy person, and I learned to let go of the cruddy things that come up.
Being angry and upset is not for me. That is not how you can serve
others or God.”
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