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CAREGiver of the Month Is Showered With Praise

As an award-winning CAREGiver, Deborah Adeleye has proved again and again that she ranks superior in each of the key senior-care skills. And she’s especially proficient at one task that doesn’t get much attention, but can be frustratingly difficult even for many clients’ family members: persuading a senior to shower when the effects of aging make that job challenging.

“Deborah’s communication skills are very good,” said Anne Monaghan, leadership development director for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise in Birmingham that serves southeast Oakland County, including Royal Oak, Southfield and Troy. “As part of those skills, she’s very good at getting clients to take a shower. She’s almost always able to do it with every client she has worked with. We’ve moved her around to work with some who are not her regular clients to get this accomplished. “She’s also CNA-licensed (Certified Nursing Assistant), and she’s very proud of that, and so are we at the franchise. She’s just very good.”

Deborah has been with Home Instead for three years, and she recently was honored as CAREGiver of the Month. As far as her insight on shower encouragement techniques, she won’t give away secrets. Perhaps she can just put her clients at ease, and they can sense that she wants only the best for them.

“The thing I love most about my job is helping my client in any way that I can,” said Deborah, who lives in Southfield. “I want to make my clients feel as comfortable as possible in their homes, and I am happy to see the joy in their eyes when I come in the door to help them.”

Deb said the favorite part of her job is when her clients become so familiar with her that they’ll form a special bond, almost as if they are part of her family. “It is among my favorite times when my clients open up to me and tell me things,” she said. “If they feel close to me, they are often looking forward to talking to me and seeing what I am going to say because I always remain positive. I hope to always have a positive effect on them.”

Deborah, who has taken care of seniors in her family, said she found Home Instead through an internet search. She knew she’d like the job because, she said, “I love taking care of seniors. I had taken care of my grandmother before she passed away.”

She has two regular clients. On a typical week, Deborah averages 16 to 20 hours. Her CAREGiver training has included the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® Training Program at her franchise office. “I’ve had dementia clients,” Deborah said, “but I had no challenges because of the good training we received.”

The Home Instead program, in which Deborah spent eight hours of training, offers a personal approach to taking care of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home – where 60 to 70 percent live, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is a unique program that has received acclaim and endorsements from senior-care experts.

The program equips CAREGivers such as Deborah to provide the highest quality of customized care that includes:

  • -Maintaining a safe environment
  • -Encouraging engagement
  • -Providing mind-stimulating activities
  • -Supervising daily activities
  • -Creating social interaction
  • -Providing nutritious meals
  • -Managing changing behaviors
  • -Supporting the person’s family

The Home Instead approach of encouragement and assistance – from which Deborah has benefited – helps those with dementia and their family members cope with the challenges of memory loss. CAREGivers also can provide assistance with establishing a regular routine and restoring the simple pleasures of life, among the best non-medical treatments for the disease.

That regular routine, of course, can include showering – and that’s something Deborah has great influence on her clients.

Home Instead CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, provide a variety of non-medical services to help keep seniors independent. For inquiries about employment with Home Instead Senior Care, please call (248) 203-2273 or email Anne Monaghan at anne.monaghan@homeinstead. For further information about the company, visit or to learn more about the company's services link to a digital brochure at


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