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
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.”
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