Honoree Patricia Suddenly Shifts to Family Caregiving


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​​​Honoree Patricia Suddenly Shifts to Family Caregiving

Patricia has worn many hats and holds many titles: For one, she is a CAREGiver of the Month for owner Lisa Rabito’s award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise in Metairie.

Patricia was also an esteemed longtime educator and librarian who was the 2009 recipient of the New Orleans Archdiocese’s Order of St. Louis IX medal. Among her many other honors, Patricia is also a 4th Degree Ladies Grace Knights Peter Claver since 2008 and a member of Ladies Altar Society in Edgard, Louisiana. Patricia continues to serve as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, a holy calling she has done since 2007. Patricia also has served as an usher at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church since 2005. 

Patricia recently acquired a new title, perhaps one that means the most to her: Grandmother.

When Patricia became a grandmother, there were complications. Her daughter and grandchild were hospitalized for a time, but they are doing better. Patricia, emphasizing that her family comes first, resigned as a CAREGiver to become a fulltime family caregiver. “It is sad to be separated from clients,” Patricia said, “but this is something I must do. I have only one child, my daughter, and this is my first grandchild. This is where I am needed most.”

Lisa Rabito, owner at the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care franchise, said: “We totally understand Patricia’s situation. She did a great job, and we will miss her. She was an impactful person. Our prayers will continually go out to her and her family.”

Patricia, who holds master’s degrees in education from Southern University, Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana University, has been a member of the St. John Parish School Board since 1973 and was a teacher at the Hunting Learning Center in LaPlace, Louisiana, from 2007 until her retirement from teaching in 2012. After Patricia left the teaching field, her compassionate heart reached out to seniors while she worked for Home Instead Senior Care.

Patricia’s responsibilities included meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, companionship, and transportation and errands. In addition to those services, CAREGivers offer personal assistance with eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, incontinence, cognitive impairment and mobility. By expertly doing so, CAREGivers not only assist their clients but help their families eliminate worry, reduce stress and re-establish personal freedom.

Home Instead Senior Care’s guiding principles are also its employees’ mantra: CAREGivers demonstrate their commitment to their clients by honoring God in all they do; treating their clients and their families with dignity and respect; embracing personal growth in an attempt to continually improve the quality of their care through franchise training; and building value in their service to others. 

“She is the sweetest person. Patricia was very dedicated to Home Instead Senior Care and her clients,” CAREGiver Development Specialist Fay Kelting said. 

All Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about employment, please call 504-455-4911 or apply online. For further information about Home Instead Senior Care, visit our website.

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