of the Month Sheila Kiner had never experienced history lessons like the ones she
absorbed from a client who immigrated to the United States from Germany as a
teenager after the start of World War II. Those narratives came in verbal and
written forms, because the client had authored an autobiography.
learned a lot about World War II. His parents came with him, and he was 16 at
the time. He was happy to get to the United States, and has always been
appreciative of being here. One of our other CAREGivers could speak German, and
they conversed that way sometimes,” said Sheila, who spent six weeks with the
client while working on behalf of the Home Instead Senior Care®
franchise of Birmingham.
has lived an exciting life, and he is an interesting person. He earned an
accounting degree from Wayne State University and eventually became a CEO who traveled
around the world. He appreciated the fact that I read his book and took a big
interest in him.”
client recently made a move to an assisted living apartment, where he was
joined by his wife. She had been undergoing rehabilitation at a skilled nursing
facility and had hoped to return to their home of 32 years, but the husband’s declining
health forced them to scuttle those plans. “They really wanted to be reunited
at home,” Sheila explained, “but it wasn’t to be. They had a lot of history
together in that house, having raised their family there. This outcome is one of
the rough parts of caregiving. His sadness came out, and you could see the
her final day with the client, Sheila said, “He is such a nice guy. He kissed
my hand when we said our goodbyes. I am glad I was there with him. You never want
to lose a client, but this is probably the best for them because he’s back
together with his wife. I am going to check on them and say hi. They are in my
up her time with all of her clients, Sheila said: “I have learned a lot from
them. There is a lot of wisdom, as well as a lot of honesty. I learn about
their struggles as well as their good times. I try to get to know the clients
as well as I can, figuring out their likes and dislikes, so I can make them
feel comfortable. Some of them like music, but sometimes music from their era
has the opposite effect. You just have to know what makes them happy and sad.”
found owners Bert and Stephanie Copple’s award-winning franchise in a newspaper
advertisement and joined Home Instead Senior Care in the fall of 2013. Sheila
had just finished a two-year stint as a private-duty caregiver before she
joined the company.
like the company, and I like our boss. Bert stands behind his CAREGivers, and
it’s easy to see his CAREGivers come first. Things are going well, and time
goes fast when you’re working for a great company,” Sheila said. “All of the
staff is very supportive. They really try to help educate you and keep you
abreast of current trends in senior care. They let you elevate to a higher
the orientation and training was awesome, Sheila said, “It helped even though I
had the previous experience of working with seniors. There are some things you
need to know how to do with clients who have certain unusual needs. Any
training is good, and ongoing training is offered. There are good people in our
is part of a franchise that has been ranked as
the leading or second-place midsize workplace in Michigan for three straight
years – 2014 to 2016 – by the Detroit Free Press. The company has been honored
as a “Top Workplace” every year since 2009.
In addition to Birmingham, the company also serves
clients and their families in Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bloomfield
Hills, Bloomfield Township, Clawson, Dearborn, Detroit, Ferndale, Franklin,
Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge,
Pontiac, Royal Oak, Southfield, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Warren and West Bloomfield.
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.
Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.
Each Home Instead Senior Care franchise is independently owned and operated.