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Job Flexibility Tops List of Positives for Alma

For CAREGiver of the Month Alma Sabac, there has been no downside to working for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise of Birmingham.

"It was really meant to be: God gave me a good job. I have been so blessed to work for Home Instead Senior Care. It is a 100 percent good company, and it is such a great fit," said Alma, a CAREGiver since December 2015.

Asked why she likes working for owner Bert Copple's award-winning franchise, Alma's mind automatically flashed to a long-awaited visit to her native Philippines, where she will be reunited with family members for the first time in more than a year.

"Home Instead Senior Care has the flexibility to give me time with loved ones who are half a world away. This is fantastic. Let's say I were a CNA at a care facility or hospital, I doubt I would get this chance," said Alma, who immigrated to the United States in 1998 at age 21, arriving in California. Now a resident of Troy, she lives with her mother and a brother.

Beyond the time off, Alma listed other positives:

  • They were very interested in me from the start, and pursued me when I applied.
  • "My hours are flexible and sensible."
  • "I am a good person to be one-on-one with clients. I feel comfortable."
  • "All of my clients have stolen my heart, even the challenging ones."
  • "The training is beneficial, a good refresher and review."
  • "Ongoing education is practical and valuable. It is a good use of time."
  • "When my car broke down, they were quick to help."

Elaborating on the last point, Alma said: "When I became stranded, Bert Copple and the franchise cared and came to my aid. It was just another reason I am so glad I work for Home Instead Senior Care. I am working with the right people and the right company. As a CAREGiver, I want to do the best not only for my clients, but also so I can pay back the company's willingness to help me. Few other employers would have done that."

Alma proudly proclaimed, "All of my clients want me. For my part, I feel they are all very special. In my dream of all dreams, I would like to have such a huge house where they could all come to live under my roof, and I could take care of them. I am committed to my clients and their families. I get so attached to them."

The attachment isn't always immediate, but it is fulfilling. "I was assigned a client who did not seem compatible, but Kylie, one of our staff members, asked me to keep trying. I never did give up, and it ended up working well. It can take a while to build confidence and trust," she said. "The biggest drawback of the job is losing a client. One of mine died Jan. 17, and it was so sad because she was close to me. I had been with her since Feb. 19, 2016, almost a year. She nearly made it to 75. We had good experiences together."

While Alma was excited about her trip, she was already missing a 91-year-old client. The widower lives alone, but he has family nearby and Home Instead Senior Care's support. In addition to everything else she does for the client, Alma helps him practice his faith. "I take him to Mass on Saturdays. I adjusted my schedule to do that. We share core beliefs," Alma said.

"He has routines, and he wants to stay with them. You don't want to confuse him, so you don't move things out of place, including newspapers, furniture and other things. I have become part of his routine, including meal preparation, medication and assistance with exercises. I have assured him I am coming back. When I do return, I might go straight to his house," Alma said.

​Home Instead CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, provide a variety of in-home services to help keep seniors independent. For inquiries about employment with Home Instead Senior Care, please call (248) 203-2273 or email Anne Monaghan. For further information about the company, visit our Home Instead Senior Care website or to learn more about the company’s services link to our home care digital brochure.


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