Those who know Marty Gilpatrick aren’t surprised he found Home Instead Senior Care® of Winchester in December 2018. Eighteen months after joining the award-winning franchise, Marty was honored as the franchise’s April CAREGiver of the Month.
Marty said: “It is amazing to reflect on my life and how God has directed my path in working with people. It brings joy to me to be part of the ministry of Home Instead and hopefully point people to God if they initiate discussion of the subject of faith.”
Marty’s faith-based life mirrors the first of the four core values that Home Instead Senior Care co-founders Lori and Paul Hogan wrote 26 years ago in Omaha, Nebraska, “(Our objective is) to honor God in all we do.”
As Marty completed the Home Instead Senior Care application and then went through the interview process, he was asked about his background as a “caregiver.”
“Although I had not previously categorized my vocational and life experiences as ‘a caregiver,’ in looking at the definition of caregiving as ‘someone who regularly looks after a child, or a sick, elderly or disabled person,’ I indeed have worked many years as a caregiver,” Marty explained.
“The reason I underlined ‘child and disabled person’ is that before coming to Winchester, my experiences for the past 40 years have been mostly with children and teenagers, some having developmental disabilities,”
As a young person, Marty had the opportunity to work at a state hospital for several summers with children who had developmental disabilities. He recognized then that he enjoyed working with those in need and got a degree in special education. During Marty’s earlier years, he worked in direct-care positions for those with developmental disabilities and then for 20 years in direct-care and administrative positions with foster-care children. During the 10 years before coming to Home Instead, Marty and his wife served as live-in house parents for international students in a boarding program at a South Carolina Christian school.
Marty further explained: “Before Home Instead, I had never been involved with providing in-home care for the elderly. The common thread in the definition is ‘giving care to someone who needs it.’ I realized God had given me the innate desire and abilities to work with people in a relational field. Working with Home Instead, I feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity to minister to those who are in need. I sincerely enjoy having conversations, reminiscing, discussing current events, sharing family stories and just being a friend.”
Marty and his wife Beverly have been married 35 years. “We’re blessed with three wonderful adult children, Brittany, Jonathan and Daniel. Brittany and her husband Brandon live here in Winchester with our two awesome grandchildren. That was the main reason we moved to Winchester, so we could enjoy our only grandchildren,” Marty said.
“Although I love spending time with our grandchildren, I also wanted to be involved with some form of part-time vocational ministry. The result was finding Home Instead. God has blessed me with a loving family, good health, financial stability and a love for people. I believe God has not blessed me simply for my benefit, but for those around me who are ‘in need.’ God went beyond all expectations to reach all people who are in need. He gave the best for us, Jesus Christ. God is the ultimate caregiver who has given us the gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.”
Marty added: “Finally, one of my favorite aspects in working with all the clients is the great sense of humor they have. Seniors have learned that ‘laughter is good medicine.’ Older people, myself included, have learned not to take themselves so seriously. Life is difficult, but you can choose to be a victim or to live in victory. I am grateful to work with those who have a positive attitude and a good sense of humor despite their life situations.”
Home Instead CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, provide a variety of in-home support services to help keep seniors independent. For employment inquiries in Winchester, Virginia, apply here or call (540) 904-1190. Or, for more information, go to Home Instead Senior Care Winchester. For employment inquiries in Martinsburg, West Virginia, apply here or call (304) 301-3896. Or, for more information, go to Home Instead Senior Care Martinsburg.