Joyce, Longtime Client Face Sad Parting
A four-year relationship with her 85-year-old client is ending for two-time CAREGiver of the Month Joyce, who admits having difficulty keeping her emotions in check as the hours tick away until the widow leaves on a 2,590-mile trip to her Pacific Northwest destination.
The client, who looked into finding another Home Instead CAREGiver, will move into an assisted living community in Issaquah, Washington, to be closer to her only child because her health continues to decline. "It's hard," said Joyce, whose sigh accompanied a tone of resignation in her soft, soothing voice.
"Her son asked me to be here for the last few days to help with packing. I am trying to keep her upbeat about things until the move. I try not to show my feelings because it makes it more difficult for her. I am dealing with it, but I am feeling melancholy because I am the one who has spent the most time with her since June 2012, when I first started helping her husband. He died in August 2015."
Joyce was the couple's first CAREGiver, and her husband was her first assignment after Joyce joined owner Lisa Rabito's award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise in Metairie on Oct. 20, 2010. "We have a very good relationship, and not only her, but her late husband as well. They both appreciated me. She has totally depended on me," Joyce said.
Not only will the client say goodbye to Joyce, but she'll be leaving the house in which she was married 68 years ago. She was born in the house next door to the one in which she has lived her entire life – except for the cleanup period after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Asked to share thoughts of her most special moments with the clients, Joyce said: "I observed the closeness of two people who loved each other so much. They could read each other's minds. When his health hit rock bottom, he went into hospice at home. She refused to allow him to die in a hospital. His funeral was so hard, and other key dates – birthdays and anniversaries – since he died have also been difficult days. Working with clients is a lot like being with family. I am with them all the time and feel committed to them."
CAREGiver Development Specialist Fay Kelting said: "Joyce is obviously one of our most reliable CAREGivers. She is so dedicated to Home Instead Senior Care and her clients. Joyce is kind and loving, always willing to go the extra mile for her client."
Asked what's next after her client leaves, Joyce sighed again and said: "I don't have anyone lined up yet with Home Instead Senior Care because I have never taken a vacation since I joined them. It's been kind of hard to take vacation because I never wanted to leave. I have scheduled the last two weeks of November to take off. But I'll get back into caregiving after that because I love doing what I do. I like being with people and caring for them. I want to keep going. When you stop, you begin to fall apart."
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