CAREGiver of the Month - April 2016

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​Work that comes from within the Heart

Marluci Martins, Luci as she likes to be called, was born and raised in Brazil. She came to live in the United States in 1982.  In September of 2013, Luci happily joined our team as a CAREGiver at the Daytona Home Instead Senior Care office.  

When asked why she enjoys her job, she replied: “I love being a Caregiver because I realized long ago that happiness comes when you ‘do work that comes from within the heart’.”  HISC has great flexibility and benefits to offer, but Luci chose this career because she was used to sharing her heart in the caregiver role. She had many years of caring for family member(s) that suffered with life long illness and Parkinson’s disease. Luci smiles brightly when she talks about how much she completely enjoys the work and the time that she spends with her clients. CAREGiving is most definitely her niche she tells me. 

Luci likes to take the lead and learn all she can to help her clients. She tells me that companionship is just what many clients need to bring a smile. When asked if she could share a favorite memory, she tells me a story about when she had cared for a male client that was 101 years old. He has passed now, but every day he would say very sweet things about her care and the help she gave him. Luci feels that senior’s share worlds of wisdom with you when you spend time with them. When you truly care for them, they appreciate and love you very deeply. 

 Luci can speak and write in Portuguese, French, and Spanish as well as in English. She is working on learning Chinese and talked to me about an article that she had read many years ago. The article said that when we are young, we are more receptive to learning, so whenever a young child is given the chance to learn more than one language, they are then open to learning many more languages throughout their life time. She feels that languages such as Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian, and even Chinese all have so many similarities that they are much easier to figure out after the first language is familiar.

People describe Luci as an amazing and responsible person with a huge heart. When you first meet Luci, it is easy to see why they would choose those words to describe her personality traits. She builds trust by being compassionate, kindhearted, and al​ways puts the clients’ needs first. She never hesitates to pick up shifts or go the extra mile for her clients. Luci shared with me that she also enjoys returning home, after her work day, to spend the evenings with her feathery friends. Luci shares her home life with her three birds and feels that their greeting and unconditional love can heal anything that the day can bring to drain her. 

When asked about her relationship with the HISC team, Luci repeats that she is “so very happy in my position at HISC. I feel very blessed to be a caregiver”. “It is not only taking care of my clients that matter to me, but also the comfort and the support within the company  that is equally important.” Luci said that she knew immediately, when she came in for the initial interview, that HISC was the place for her. The warm smiles and kindness from the team at HISC made her feel as though she had come to the right place for a job.

On behalf of Home Instead Senior Care Office, located in Daytona Beach FL, it is with great pleasure and pride to name Marluci ‘Luci’ Martins, the April 2016 CAREGiver of the Month!​


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