CAREGiver of the Month - Pete Prechel

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Role in Client’s Recovery Blesses CAREGiver

When CAREGiver of the Month Pete Prechel’s client came home after five weeks in a rehabilitation facility, Pete was stunned. The ordained minister immediately bathed the situation with prayer and asked God for direction in helping his 89-year-old friend.

“I wondered what happened,” said Pete, a CAREGiver for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise in Birmingham since April 2013. “He had lost 25 pounds, couldn’t walk on his own, looked gaunt and had lost his clarity of mind.”

After one month back at home with Pete, the client was on the road to recovery. He is lucid, has gained weight and is looking and feeling more like his old self.

“I praised God that I was part of the solution,” Pete said. “I feel blessed to help. I keep emphasizing liquids and recommended that we get him on a nutritional drink. His appetite is not as good as it should be, but if I offer a meal, he eats. I am making a difference, and that is an indescribable feeling.”

Pete believes being a CAREGiver is not just a job, but a ministry. “As an ordained minister, this job is a natural fit,” said Pete, who earned a Christian counseling degree from Cornerstone University. “I love seniors. I believe in pouring love, compassion and help into my clients. The Lord led me to this position.”

There was no way Pete could know years ago that he was being prepared for the job when he and his wife took in his mother-in-law. Suffering from dementia and other illnesses, she lived with them for three years before passing away. “It was challenging. There were frustrations, and it was all new to me,” Pete said. “It trained me for Home Instead, now that I look back on it. My compassion grew even more.”

The experience of helping his mother-in-law can’t be understated, but Pete is impressed with Home Instead’s desire to have its CAREGivers trained as completely as possible. His understanding of dementia care was enhanced after he took part in the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® Training Program.

“Our owner, Bert Copple, wants our franchise to be the clear No. 1 choice for Alzheimer’s care, and he has invested a lot of time and treasure for us to be in this position,” Pete said. “Good things come from a good company.

“But no matter what you learn, your heart has to be in it to help someone. I am tremendous friends with a dementia client who I help four hours a day from Monday through Friday. He recently lost his wife of 67 years, and he talks about her, dreams about her and seeks her sometimes. As I help him, he constantly tells me he loves me. That motivates me to even do more to be the best CAREGiver I can be.”

Pete, a Warren resident who is an alter minister and plays in the orchestra at the Evangelical Christian Church in Roseville, followed up on a Home Instead newspaper advertisement and answered the call to work with seniors.

“I am in the people business,” said Pete, whose missionary background includes short-term trips to three continents. “This job, which includes a lot of flexibility, is perfect for me – I love it. I have a lot of respect for the franchise, and I think God has His hand on this company. There’s a lot of respect, fun and learning from the staff. I feel I am right on track.”

“Right on track” means being available for a client, physically, emotionally and spiritually. “I don’t proselytize my clients, but I ask them if I can pray with them. And I always will pray for them,” Pete said. “The folks with whom I am working are usually at a point in their lives where they welcome the encouragement. But that happens to all of us at one time or another.”

Not afraid to admit that he, too, looks for help as a CAREGiver, Pete said: “Every once in a while the days have been more challenging than others, and that’s when I get down on my knees and ask God for direction and guidance.”

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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