Nowalk was sitting at a stoplight, and she noticed the car ahead of hers was
colorfully wrapped with advertisements for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise of
North Austin, Round Rock and Sun City.
mused: “I wondered if the wrapping meant what I thought it meant. In my mind, I
tied the car into my desire to help people. I feel God literally touched me and
asked, ‘Are you paying attention?’ I went home and looked at the Home Instead Senior Care website.”
recalling her road to becoming a Home Instead Senior Care employee in June 2015
and later being honored as a CAREGiver of the Month, Karon recalled: “After
getting settled in following my move to Round Rock in 2011, I had nothing to
do. I was retired. Boredom set in for me. I thought I was going to lose my
mind. I had been looking for employment possibilities at hardware-related
retail stores. Then I saw the Home Instead car.
that the Home Instead Senior Care office was only about two miles from my
decided to apply and went in person. Claudia was sitting at the front desk, and
I told her my history and my desire to help others. Claudia said, ‘You need to
retirement, Karon had kept records and was the bookkeeper for her family’s
successful construction company at Lake Jackson on the Gulf Coast 54 miles
south of Houston. Led at first by her father and mother, the company remained
in business for 53 years. “My dad was fearless, but he had heart problems and
died in 1999,” Karon said. “I felt unfulfilled with my office job, although I
felt obligated to do it. I was good at it, doing payroll, working on insurance,
figuring taxes and FICA and worrying about OSHA compliance, all those things.”
addition to her work responsibilities, Karon served as a family caregiver. “We
made sure Dad was never alone in the hospital. I was attentive and tried to
help Dad in every way I could, and I learned as much as I could about his
medical issues and memorized what we needed to do with his care. The doctors
would ask if I was a nurse when I asked questions about his care. In addition, I
lived with my mother for her final six years before she passed away in 2009.”
bookkeeping to retirement to caregiving, Karon feels she’s on the right track.
wanted this kind of job for a long time, so it was like receiving manna from
heaven. I am a CAREGiver for the love of helping people. All I know is that
this is what I was meant to do. I never miss work. One big motivation on my
rare tough mornings is: What will my clients do if I am not there? And I never
want to make things tough for our office schedulers,” Karon said. “Before I
moved here, I never knew companies like Home Instead existed. One advantage of
working for Home Instead is the wonderful choices of working hours including
matches, Karon said, also are good. One client had suffered a stroke, and he
couldn’t remember anything after his World War II days in the military. “You
meet your clients where they are. Our conversations centered on the war and his
experiences before the war,” Karon said.
her other clients are an 83-year-old husband and his 80-year-old wife who live
on an acreage where they formerly farmed. “I love them to death. They are both
the salt of the earth and Christian to the core. They are established at their
church. They are so giving and charitable to many causes, including their
school district,” Karon said.
have major health issues and have special diets. I take care of meal
preparation for them for their dinner. I remind them about other meals when I
am not there They still have tomato plants going strong, and I go out and pick
tomatoes for their meals.”
a special moment with the wife, Karon said: “I came in one morning, and when
she saw me, she got the broadest smile. No words, just a smile that was so
sincere and sweet. It gave me the most wonderful feeling that I don’t know how
to express. I said to myself, ‘Thank you, God!’ That moment lifted me up so
unbelievably. That is what caregiving is all about. If you are not having these
experiences, you are in the wrong business. When you see a client smile, it
confirms that, ‘I know I can do this job.’ ”
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