CAREGiver Kalish Is an Expert At Choosing Movies, Lifting a Client’s Spirits

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CAREGiver of the Month Kalish’s 83-year-old client loved his long-ago hobby of flying remote-control miniature airplanes. Knowing that fact, Kalish selected “Sully” for her client’s monthly movie outing, and watching the film about airline pilot hero Chesley Sullenberger was a hit with the client and his wife. 

It’s an example of how a CAREGiver enhances a client’s life and makes the day go a little better. Kalish’s client is confined to a wheelchair as the result of a stroke, but he doesn’t want the challenge to hold him back. Kalish’s attitude is “game on,” and part of the joy of her job is deciding on movies that will thrill her client. The more action, the better. 

CAREGiver Development Specialist Fay Kelting described Kalish as “a wonderful person and CAREGiver.” Fay added, “Ever since Kalish joined us, we’ve witnessed her kind spirit and the ways that she loves to help her clients.”

Kalish spends six days a week with her client as his only CAREGiver, and she’s been assisting him for more than a year and a half. “I’ve gotten to know him well, and we have no idle time,” Kalish said. “Taking him and his wife to the movies is one thing, but our activities also include playing darts where he shoots his darts out of a toy gun. There also is a lot of personal care and plenty of work involved. He is my buddy and just the sweetest guy, and I try to do everything I can for him so his life and his wife’s life can go a little better. She needs the time away to get everything done.”

Kalish, who often spends half-days during major holidays and birthdays with the client and his family, has taken the client and his wife on other memorable trips. “I’ve driven them across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to visit his step-daughter who lives in Covington, on the north of the lake. We have barbeque cookouts, mostly on Sundays,” Kalish said. 

Kalish knew she could assist the client and many others because she had done the same thing with her grandmother, who died 2½ years ago at age 82. In fact, after Kalish joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Metairie on March 26, 2012, she continued to help her grandmother as a family caregiver. 

“I stayed in her home during the daylight hours for four years. When Home Instead Senior Care hired me, I worked nights for the company,” Kalish recalled. “I sat with my grandmother, bought her groceries and helped her eat, among other things. Among her challenges were her mobility and diabetes. I truly had the hands-on experience going into my interview with Home Instead Senior Care after I found them on an online search.”

While she had the experience with some senior-care skills, Home Instead Senior Care’s training helped Kalish with other areas. “Training was most definitely good. My grandmother did not have dementia, and I never had dealt with someone who had dementia. I felt the Alzheimer’s training definitely made a difference,” Kalish said. “With dementia care, you need to have patience. If you don’t slow down to match the client’s pace, you will run into trouble. I always make sure I ask how they are feeling and what they want. You’ve got to communicate. They can be repetitive, but you can work past that. I go with the flow.” 

Kalish summed up her Home Instead Senior Care experience this way: “I am a people-person who loves taking care of others. I like bringing joy to seniors because it brings joy to me. Home Instead Senior Care is a great company that really takes care of its employees. The office staff is always available to talk to CAREGivers. I plan to be with the company as long as they want me.”

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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