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Spontaneous Movie Trip Thrills Beverly’s Client

While at the breakfast table in a client’s home, CAREGiver of the Month Beverly Jensen listened as the client read from an advertisement for the exciting “Captain America” movie that had just been released, and Beverly got a wild idea. 

Beverly turned to her clients – a wife and husband – and asked, “I am going to the movie tonight after my evening shift, would you like to go with me?” The wife was excited at the prospect. Her husband didn’t want to go to the movie, but he was happy that his wife would get the opportunity. Both thought the early movie would be better than the late movie.

After a call to the client’s family and another one to staff members at Home Instead Senior Care® of Winchester, it was a done deal. Beverly and her client both live in Woodstock, so the trip to the Woodstock Community Theater was a short one. A friend sat with the husband. The second half of Beverly’s regularly scheduled split shift usually ends at 8 p.m., but she received permission to extend it that night because the movie started at 7 p.m.

“My client stated she had not been to a movie theater for a long time, more than 15 years, she thought,” Beverly said. “I was a little surprised she wanted to go, but I was very happy to take her. She has limitations in walking because she has been rehabbing from a fall, and she previously had told me she sometimes feels like a burden. This outing was something exciting and out of the normal routine. She’s got a lot of loving people around her, and they were really open to giving it a try.”

How did the movie experience go? “She loved it. I fixed supper before we left for the movie,” Beverly said. “I’ve been assisting them for the past three years, and I’m not sure if I had seen her more upbeat. We stayed for the entire movie. When we arrived home, her husband was excited to talk about her experience and was almost as happy as she was. The next day she said all of her children called to see how she liked the movie. They might have been surprised how well it went, but for the most part they were just happy she enjoyed it.”

Beverly added: “When we got home that night, she had a cup of tea, and she talked about the movie for a while. We decided if another movie comes up that we like, we might consider it.  It was a win-win. They are a nice couple who work well together, and their family is always with them for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions.”

Recruiting and Retention Coordinator Sherry Heltzel might not have been too surprised at Beverly’s suggestion. “Among the things she likes is the theater,” Sherry said. “Beverly also loves to sew and play games, and she’s a good cook and quilter. She is a Home Helper for our franchise and very hard-working. Beverly has called off only one time and has more than 3,250 service hours since joining us Sept. 8, 2012.”

After moving from Oregon to Virginia, Beverly worked for three months for a financial investment company before finding Home Instead Senior Care during an online search. “I liked Home Instead because I could adjust my working hours to fit my needs,” Beverly said. 

Beverly had varied work experiences, and many of them centered on caregiving in one form or another. In Oregon, she and her husband owned and operated a cattle ranch and a retail store. Also while in Oregon, Beverly was employed as a bookkeeper for a construction business and worked for her final eight years there worked with a doctor.

Explaining why she likes Home Instead Senior Care, Beverly said: “I think the administration is very concerned and desirous to give the care that clients need. It is good to work for a company like that. The employees are top-notch. I enjoy the clients and my time with them. The training is good, and there are always new things that come up in caregiving that you need to learn. I know if a problem ever arises, they are quick to answer questions that solve whatever happens. As far as I can see, Home Instead is a company I’d enjoy staying with.”

All Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about employment, please call 540-722-8750 or apply online. For further information about our home care services, please visit Home Instead Senior Care​.

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