Katie Reflects Her Mother’s Love, Compassion for Others


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One of Katie’s clients loves her award-winning CAREGiver because Katie takes the time to patiently listen to her words, which come out slowly and sometimes slurred because of the effects of a stroke. A compassionate, patient listener – that’s Katie.

When asked about her client’s tribute, Katie replied: “This job isn’t for just anybody, but I know this is where I belong. I’ve been with five or six clients, and they all have been wonderful. It is an honor for me to work with Home Instead Senior Care®. I enjoy working for the company, and it has been everything I thought it would be.”

Katie reflects her mother’s love and compassion. Her mom, who died last December at age 97, took care of their neighborhood’s needy seniors for many years as a young Katie tagged along. “It was a rewarding experience to be with Mom when she helped people. She also fed the neighborhood children who went hungry. Those memories are so fresh in my heart,” said Katie, who joined the Home Instead Senior Care franchise in Metairie that serves New Orleans and Jefferson Parish in July 2014.

Several of Katie’s clients cannot sustain memories of their CAREGiver because of dementia, but that’s OK. “When I come in, I always introduce myself in a friendly manner, saying, ‘Hi, I am Katie.’ They will see a familiar, smiling face and maybe put a name with me for the start of the day. It does not matter if they forget my name – they know my face. I keep them safe and comfortable but also give them their dignity and as much independence as possible.”

One of Katie’s friends – a former co-worker in a school – recommended Home Instead to Katie, and CAREGiver Development Specialist Fay Kelting is glad she did. Fay said: “Katie just stands out, even during her first week of training. I could immediately see that she is just an outstanding individual. She always has a beautiful smile and is always joyful. Her clients just love her.”
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