It has been nearly three years since Diane was first honored as CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior Care® of Metairie.
Diane has had two regular clients since that time, and she has the same all-in enthusiasm for her job that she had when she joined Home Instead Senior Care April 2, 2012, after a 30-year career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) who worked in hospitals and senior-care facilities.
CAREGiver Development Specialist Fay Kelting was short and sweet while sharing her superlative for Diane, saying: "She is just a great and dependable CAREGiver."
To Diane, it's personal.
"I believe in treating clients like they are my own family. For example, my father is 89 years old, which is the same age as both of my regular clients," Diane said. "In addition, my faith plays a role in how I approach my job. I am a Christian, and I love one of our company's core values 'to honor God in all that we do.' "
Asked what she likes most about her job, Diane said: "I worked as an LPN for a good while and when I was ready for a change from the nursing-home job environment, Home Instead Senior Care valued my experience and gave me the opportunity to work one-on-one with seniors and help them stay in their homes and maintain their independence. I really love the fact that Home Instead Senior Care matches clients with the right CAREGiver and vice versa."
Describing her work, Diane said: "I have one male client for whom I cook, drive to doctors' appointments and provide light housekeeping. I also work to ensure his safety for ambulation and provide companionship. I have a female client whose eyesight has been adversely affected by macular degeneration, and she also uses with a walker. She loves to be on the go, so I drive her everywhere, including trips to the grocery store, the bank, doctor's appointments and visits with friends."
Diane added: "I recently took a Home Instead class about diseases of the elderly. It was very informative about what happens to our body as we age. I look forward to taking a cooking class that is in the planning stages. The continuing education is a plus."
When describing the award-winning franchise where Lisa Rabito is the owner, the Kenner resident sees positives all the way around.
"Home Instead Senior Care is a great company for which to work. I love my job, and I love Home Instead. It's wonderful to be appreciated with this CAREGiver of the Month award. I would love to stay with Home Instead until I retire," Diane said.
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