The client voiced a concern to CAREGiver of the Month Rosezilia "Rosie" Bagby, who serves the 84-year-old woman on behalf of owner Tyson Murphy's award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise of North Austin, Round Rock and Sun City.
Rosie, explaining her feelings for the client, said: "I love her so much; she's just a good person. I like to say she's '84 years young.' Her memory is good," The client is a success story for Rosie and other CAREGivers. "Her fall, which resulted in a surgery, happened before I came to help her. She had 24/7 care right after that but has bounced back. I took her to the doctor, and she received a good bill of health," Rosie said.
The client lives with two family members, and Rosie assists the client on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The client has another CAREGiver on Mondays and Fridays. "I help her with everything: getting dressed in the mornings, meals, light housekeeping, personal care that includes showers. I am the only one for whom she will shower. I prepare breakfast and clean the bathroom and bedroom," Rosie said.
"She has an awesome attitude. There are no pep talks needed. She uses a walker and moves a lot. She does her physical therapy, and we get outside. I am with her constantly; I take my own meals and eat with her. Most seniors want you to do that – share their mealtime with you."
Rosie, who said she "stumbled upon" Home Instead Senior Care in Round Rock when she was looking for a job, joined the franchise in November 2017. Rosie said she was in the area of the Home Instead Senior Care office, saw the sign and went in and applied.
"I was bored at home. I was retired and had been at home four years. God puts you where He wants, so I felt I was placed in situations where I need to be. You should never stop learning, and I am learning more as I go in this job," said Rosie, who had worked as a school bus driver from 1982 to 2014.
"I loved that job of transporting school children. But I also feel I was cut out to be a CAREGiver. I like the job. It can be hard. It is rewarding. I love my clients. They are the sweetest people. I am an ear for the clients' families because that is important. I wish there were workshops and support groups for the clients' spouses and children. Many times, they need to vent and communicate. We provide a good service as CAREGivers, and Home Instead is a wonderful company, clients and workers."
When asked about memories of special days with clients, Rosie said: "Every day is a good day."Rosie had plenty of family caregiving experience before she joined Home Instead Senior Care, and she and her husband have gone through personal challenges recently because of his illness.
She and her husband took care of her mother-in-law for almost five years in their home. They shared her mother-in-law's care responsibilities with her husband's sister. "When we needed breaks, we took my mother-in-law to my sister-in-law in California. My mother-in-law had dementia and died in 2016," Rosie said.
Rosie's husband has been sick and is battling cancer for the second time. "My husband is a champ. We'll own the challenge. It's OK. It's part of life. We'll get through this. God knows what to do," Rosie said. "My husband has had chemo, so we've done this before. He had been cancer-free for six years after they took one of his kidneys. Doctors had checked every six months and then once a year."
She added: "Actually, June was a heck of a month. I buried my father, who was 95, on June 12 in California. He was tired all the time and had started losing his memory two months ago. With all that was going on with us, there was no time to go back and visit him before he died. God is good, and I know we'll keep coming up OK."
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