Mary Boima is a native Floridian, born in the town of Starke. Mary's grandmother passed her beliefs and the trust in her faith to Mary at a very young age. Mary tells us that "we went to church from morning to sun-down on Sunday. The love of Christ was planted in my heart. When you love Jesus, you love his people. 'We are born for a purpose.' Jeremiah 29:11-13, 'For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.' We all are created with gifts. My Creator created me with the gift of Service to help others."
At the age of seven, Mary moved to Michigan. Over the next thirty years, Mary devoted herself to education and to the service of others. Business, Law and Marketing held Mary's interest during her educational years and helping foster children as a camp counselor served the Lords purpose. Mary also became her parents' full-time caregiver for ten years, helping her mother through multiple medical complications as her father was afflicted with Alzheimer's.
After their passing, Mary tells us how she became involved with caring for her seniors: "One of our church members, Ms. Carol, needed a ride to church and asked me if I could help her. After the church service on the way back to her home, she was telling me that she needed more help during the day. She invited me in to her apartment and I immediately saw the help she was asking for, light housekeeping, laundry, some meals and general help with her daily living. 'I felt the pain in my heart, I felt the need to help!' At this time, in my career, I was a bank analyst. I was also in prayer for a change in my career. With a leap of faith and much planning, I made that change and started taking care of Carol. That was back in 1989 and I have never looked back. My heartbeat changed when I got involved with the elderly and disable people and saw the struggles they were facing in carrying out their daily activities. The joy and fulfillment that comes from helping others is a blessing, a blessing of happiness! I found an in-home health care company in Michigan and worked for them as well as my private clients. In 2012, I made the move back to Florida, once I got settled, I started doing some research in the home care industry and that is how I found Home Instead Senior Care."
Mary believes the senior community contributes to us "discipline in our way of life, our way of learning, and our way of living! Wisdom from their life experiences, their learned behaviors, their respect, and responsibilities. In their own way, they have been where we are going; they have experienced what we are experiencing now, they are ahead of us in our path called life, they can pass down their wisdom making our own path smoother." In return, Mary said that she gives her clients "my dedication, my client is my first priority. My time, I am always there for her, on time and ready to help her in every way I can while still maintaining her independence and dignity. She is happy and relaxed, knowing that I am there for her. My heart, my laughter, my affection and my gentleness. I treat my client as royalty. She has dedicated her life to others and now it is my time to give back to her. I serve her, I set her table with a fruitful meal."
Mary shares with us some of her most memorable moments with her clients: "one taught me some Italian! I was able to greet him in his own language and I could converse on a small level. The smile that he would share with me while speaking in his language was priceless. Another client taught me to knit, and to this day when I sit down to relax, and I pick up my knitting needles, she is sitting right there beside me; I cherish her spirit! My current client experiences tremors from Parkinson's. She gets upset because she doesn't quite understand all that is happening. I help her by speaking softly and gentle. I might rub her hand and back so that she physically feels that I am here with her, that I care. My client also used to love to cook and cut out recipes from the newspaper and go out to the market, now that she cannot perform those tasks, I am her hand piece. She is not able to cook in the kitchen like she used to, so she gives me instructions and I follow her recipes." Mary was very excited to share that they make dinners together and it is great working with her. She is very happy to get the client involved and share that experience with her, "just being there to provide that balance and uphold her dignity is a blessing to my heart. Making a difference in someone's life is what it is all about. My service to others has no limitations. I will always find a way to do more, to give more, to serve more."
In describing what this award means to her, Mary uses the word joy! "Joy that comes from God, that his will for my life is being accomplished. Praise God!"
"I want to thank Ms. Susan and Home Instead Senior Care for giving me the opportunity to serve. To carry out my dream of caring for others. It is a pleasure to serve alongside of a caring and professional company and staff. They work right beside me to bring out the best I have to offer. Thank You!'
"I want my clients to feel important, special, loved and safe." When Jill Mollica begins her day as a Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver, it's her goal to make sure each and every client ends their shift with her knowing they are loved.
Jill is one of those remarkable souls that grew up a Caregiver and, after trying other occupations, found her way back to her true passion later in life. As a child, she learned about caring for seniors watching her mother care for her Grandma, and volunteering as a candy striper at her local nursing home in the ninth grade. She learned then, that seniors offer us "their life experiences containing the wisdom gained in their discovering themselves over the course of their entire lives. Their contributions should be celebrated! Our children are the true beneficiaries of the character and integrity that an elder's presence can bring into their lives". In midlife, Jill also moved her Dad in with her family to care for him. Later, Jill and her husband cared for his mom in their home as well. Legally blind and with severe emphysema, Jill enjoyed sharing meals with her mother-in-law and bonding while chatting and watching TV. Jill would paint her fingernails and help shower and dress her. Jill tells us "I did whatever she needed to make her happy. She once commented to her son "where did you get this lovely girl!". Jill continues to live in awe of seniors to this day.
Encompassing the years prior to finding Caregiving as a calling, Jill worked a long and varied professional path that finally led her to in-home care in Melbourne, Florida. A few years later, Jill and her husband moved to Deland, Florida to be closer to her daughter. "After moving to Deland, I knew I wanted to follow my passion. I thought about how I always felt so good when I was helping the elderly. That's when I found Home Instead Senior Care in Daytona Beach! I did my research, I read great reviews, I learned about their great incentives, the benefits, the on-going training classes and how involved this company is in the community. Why look any further?"
Jill loves to share the stories of her seniors. She always creates a sense of homecoming and care while tending to the client's needs. In one of her favorite stores, Jill was just starting her career as a Home Health Aide. Her first client was with Mrs. J, and "was just meant to be!" In Jill's words, "When I arrived, Mrs. J was in great need of assistance and was almost not going to let me inside her home. I persuaded her to do so and we took care of the immediate needs. We began chatting and she wanted to know where I was from I explained I was from a small town in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. She asked me where and I explained about my hometown of Elizabethtown. She was so excited to tell me she had also lived in Elizabethtown and owned the Valley Inn! I couldn't believe it! I told her my Mom and Dad used to go there. She asked me their names, I told her, and she knew them! When I went home for Christmas, I went to her Inn and took pictures. She was so surprised and happy to see how well it was doing." Jill and Mrs. J were a perfect match!
The wonderful histories and stories of her clients motivate Jill to see the light her clients have brought into the world and to respond by "showing up in their lives with a smile, caring about how their week went, with conversation and laughter and sometimes a homemade treat and always a hug!" Jill goes the extra mile for her clients every day by being pro-active and noticing what is important to them. She tells of one day, sitting outside with her client while he changed the battery in his golf cart. She noticed the dust and asked if she could help by cleaning up the outside. He had such a big smile and said "Sure". After wiping it down and cleaning the windows, he was all smiles and couldn't thank Jill enough.
Jill's clients were not surprised at all by her being honored as Caregiver of the Year. But Jill said, "I think I underestimated the impact that I have on my clients lives. I love going to their homes each week and spending time with my unique and amazing seniors. When I told them of my award, they all told me how special I am, and that my hard work and great personality brightens their day. I was so touched and knew that I had made the right, last, career decision".
At the office, we're always trying to squeeze a little bit more into Jill's schedule. She is a gifted CAREGiver, a wonderful person that can handle every situation with grace and confidence. She is an excellent team member as well as a trustworthy individual contributor on any case that she works.
Jill considers it a privilege to work with seniors and to be that reassurance to families that their beloved is well cared for and loved. There is no greater calling than to care for those in need.
I get back so much more…
Congratulations to Gail Hendrix, our May CAREGiver of the Month!
As Gail puts it: “I can’t believe that I have been with this office for 2 ½ years already!” Joining the Daytona Beach Home Instead Senior Care family was an easy choice for Gail. She says that she likes the flexible scheduling and working with her clients one-on-one. She appreciates the team approach to her client’s consistent care, knowing that if she is not working with her client on any specific day, that the next CAREGiver has similar training and a caring heart also. Gail tells us that the support from the office staff and the willingness to help the CAREGivers and the Clients when an issue or concern comes up is just as important as actually caring for the client.
When we asked Gail to share some of her experiences with us, she tells us, “I became a pseudo beautician for a client who couldn’t go to the salon anymore to have her hair washed and styled. We called it the “Pseudo Salon!”.” She also tells us that reading to her clients is one of the most pleasurable activities to do together. Finding topics that interest them and then reading a selection on that subject helps you connect on an intellectual level and stimulates both minds.
Gail cherishes the time she spends with her clients. “I love the seniors I care for. I get the privilege of helping them and becoming a part of their day-to-day living. It really is rewarding when they trust you enough to allow you to do that, to become a part of their life. This is the best part of my job. It’s what I do!”
The office staff describes Gail as very professional with a genuine caring heart. She is compassionate and always puts her client’s needs first. Gail describes the office staff as friendly, helpful and always supportive. With the office staffs help, “I get the best clients!”
The three things that Gail is most proud of is: her son, her military service, and going back to school in her 50s to get her RN license. Following close behind would be caring for her clients. “I really do feel it’s a privilege to do what we do for our seniors. They need and depend on us. That’s a responsibility that I do not take lightly! I get back so much more than I give in their appreciation and knowing that I am making a difference in their life!”
Congratulations Gail! Your heart of gold is shining bright!
… brings joy to my heart
Home Instead Senior Care proudly announces that our January 2019 CAREGiver of the Month is Evelin H.
Originally from New York, Evelin describes herself as having a very compassionate heart and says she loves to help others. She credits her connection to seniors and her love of caring to the strong relationship she has always had with her grandmother. She was raised believing that family comes first, you care for the ones your love and you love the ones you care for! After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, Evelin found herself at a crossroads in life on where she wanted to go. After helping one of her neighbors care for her mother, Evelin's career choice changed. She did some research and found that Home Instead Senior Care had the best reputation in the area and a similar mindset as her, that being, the importance of quality care and the affect it has on improving the lives of others. She completed the application process for the Daytona Beach office and joined our CAREGiving family back in May 2018.
We asked Evelin what she liked about her position with us and she said "I see the importance in what I do and the impact it has with my clients. I love being with them and having the one on one relationship. This quality time allows me to get to know them and helps me provide the great quality care that they need".
Evelin tells us about one of her clients that has dementia. When she starts her shift, he does not remember who she is, but he does recognize the feeling of happiness that she brings. "He smiles and gets excited that I am there with him. The fact that he finds happiness in seeing me brings joy to my heart every time"!
The office staff describes Evelin as being dependable, reliable and professional. She is always joyful, positive and happy! Evelin goes above and beyond, not only for her clients, but also for other seniors in the community. She recently became a Coach at the Rock Steady Boxing gym that is designed and dedicated to the health and well-being of people with Parkinson's disease. If Evelin is not with her client or coaching, you will find her hanging out with her family enjoying the beach or playing frisbee.
Evelin, on being chosen as our January CAREGiver of the Month!
Home Instead Senior Care welcomed Carolyn Bell into our Daytona Beach CAREGiving family back in February 2015. Carolyn is very used to being involved in the big-family atmosphere. She has five siblings, 5 children and the number of grandchildren is growing! Family get-togethers, big family dinners and family vacations played an important role in shaping Carolyn into the person she is today.
Carolyn tells us that she started in the health care industry nine years ago working in a Senior facility. "I love to make a difference! Taking care of seniors is a passion in my heart, it is what I live for"! Carolyn tells us that working in the facility is a completely different style of care and she wanted more. She wanted to make a difference in someone's life. She wanted to give all of her attention and quality care to the client without the need to rush. Carolyn then tells us she heard about Home Instead Senior Care and found the company gave her the ability to care for someone the way she always envisioned; that one on one care that every person deserves and desires.
Carolyn tells us about one of her female clients that never really talked much. One day Carolyn was trying to help Mrs D do the exercises that she was supposed to do. Mrs. D paused and looked up and said to Carolyn, 'don't you have something else to do?' Carolyn said that it was a surprise to hear her talk and to say something like that was just so cute and funny.
We asked Carolyn what she loves most about her position with Home Instead Senior Care. "This is my passion. I love to do this job. I enjoy listening to their life stories. I take pride in making sure they are cared for to the best of my abilities. I try my hardest to make them feel good even though their health may be on the decline". We then asked Carolyn what she liked the least about her position? Carolyn looked at us and said, "That I can't work more hours! I love to work! When I'm not working, I don't know what to do with myself!"
Carolyn concluded our conversation by telling us that taking care of her clients is her life-line. She enjoys each and every hour that is spent in their company. To make them smile especially when they are having a bad day is a goal that she strives for. "I took care of my Mom so I know how important it is for your loved one to get good quality care. I believe it has to be a passion, a passion deep in your heart, in order for you to give it your all and do your best".
It is with the same heart-felt pride that we Congratulate Carolyn Bell in being selected as our 2018 December CAREGiver of the Month.
Brittany joined the Daytona Beach Home Instead family back in March 2017. She is the mother of two amazing children, one son and one daughter and an array of pets. Brittany tells us that she has a very close and loving family that truly enjoy being with each other. The support, the dedication, the commitment and the love has always been there. She gives credit to her family and growing up in a very supportive and caring atmosphere for where she is today in her personal life and career. "I grew up in and around nursing homes and volunteering my time with the elderly".
Brittany says that she loves her job! She has been with one of her current clients since she started with us here at HISC over 1year and 10months ago. She has grown as a person and also as a CAREGiver and has learned so much about herself and her clients. "I love making an impact in someone's life. I love to see their smiles and to see them being safe, happy and relaxed in their homes." Brittany tells us that learning her client's life story and their history is a beautiful and fulfilling way to live her life. Being with her clients, she can Share her Heart, she can give them companionship, she can show them she cares, she can bring someone hope!
Brittany Takes the Lead and has been able to create new and inventive ways to help her client with meals, to make mealtime more enjoyable and nutritious. She Builds Trust by always being there for her clients as scheduled and will even rearrange her personal schedule if her client's needs change. Her clients always know that Brittany has their best interests and well-being in the forefront of her caring attitude.
It is with great joy that Home Instead Senior Care Daytona Beach announces that our 2018 November CAREGiver of the Month is Brittany Knabb.