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It’s not surprising that award-winning CAREGiver Art’s philosophy lines up with that of St. Francis of Assisi.

Working for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise in Metairie that serves New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, Art said his faith “does very definitely” play a role in his job. “I am a devout Catholic, and my faith helps me keep calm and patient with my two wonderful gentleman clients,” Art said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to use the lessons that Jesus teaches. I don’t talk religion with them, but I know they are both good Christian men.”

St. Francis of Assisi, who founded the Franciscan Order in the 1200s, often is credited with the famous statement, “Always remember to preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.” Those who know him say that Art is one of those CAREGivers who uses his actions to display his faith.

It’s obvious that Art has made an impact with clients. Before he was ready to take a recent trip, a Home Instead staff member called one of his clients and asked if another CAREGiver could be sent out in Art’s absence. The answer? “No. If I can’t have Art,” the client said, “I’ll manage on my own.”

That moved Art in a special way. It is yet another sign of how the CAREGiver of the Month has touched his clients since joining owner Lisa Rabito’s franchise in August 2012.

“All of his clients love him,” said Fay Kelting, CAREGiver development specialist, “and if he isn’t available, they don’t want anyone else. He is awesome. He travels the extra mile to be a top-notch CAREGiver.

“Art goes out of his way to drop off a card if a client is ill, and he steps up to help staffing or his clients in any way he can. He is, of course, reliable and very loving and has a happy personality. I don’t think he knows a stranger. We are so proud to have selected him as a CAREGiver of the Month, and people know immediately how wonderful he is after talking to him.”

A friend’s persistence got Art in the door at Home Instead. “The friend, a CAREGiver, kept asking me to join Home Instead,” Art recalled. “He felt that if I would enjoy the work and like the staff. So I called, and they gave me a date to come in for a training program. And from day one, I knew that I had done the correct thing.”

Art said his caregiving background was “very limited” before he joined Home Instead. “Actually, none, except I am a very caring, friendly type of personality,” Art said. “My siblings and I took care of our mother at home during her illness.”

He is perfectly matched with his two clients, neither of whom has dementia. Art’s regular schedule includes hours on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. He makes himself available as a fill-in, including weekend hours.

“Both are ‘with it,’ as they say,” Art explained. “One is very spry, but uses his walker for safety and does exercises. He keeps up with current events and such. The other client is more sedentary but his mind works well, and he enjoys talking about his Army days.”

For Art, the reward is the work.

“What I like most about being a CAREGiver is the feeling that I am actually helping somebody,” Art explained. “The interaction is wonderful, and both of my gentleman clients have such wonderful stories about their lives, their late spouses and their children.” ​


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