Michelle doesn't believe it was 'by chance' that she found Home Instead Senior Care one day on the internet. "I came across a Home Instead advertisement during a job search. I just need to get out and do something I am passionate about, where I can have a blast. When I saw Home Instead, I thought to myself, 'This is up my alley.' I did my homework on the company and loved what I saw. I learned why Paul and Lori Hogan founded the company in 1994. They helped a grandmother but also needed someone to help them. They met a need and continue to do so with this company." Read more...
working at nursing homes, including a memory-care unit, in the Fort Collins, Colorado,
area, Courtney earned a degree in gerontology at the University of Northern
Colorado in Greeley. She also was an intern with the Northeast Colorado Chapter
of the Alzheimer’s Association during her final year of college. Read more...
works a full schedule, but she likes the idea that the office allows her ample
time off to see her kids’ activities. “They are involved in a lot of sports and
other things. If something special comes up, the office makes every effort to
get a sub for me. The flexibility is good, and it is something I appreciate.” Read more...
also feels good about two 85-year-old clients, a husband and wife, who have
been regulars clients since mid-February. They reside in an assisted living
community, and Catherine has been their only CAREGiver, which likely will
change when their service is expected to increase in the coming weeks.
Catherine anticipates that she’ll share the expanded hours with another
CAREGiver for seven-day-a-week coverage. Read more...
Vickie is an experienced hand at caregiving. In
the early 2000s, she worked at a group home for disabled adults for five years,
then took a job at a day care center/work center for disabled adults, where she
was a job coach and mentor for seven years. “I became a CNA in 2013 and went
into home health care, not specifically with the elderly. It included any
person who needed and qualified for in home health care,” she explained. Read more...
longtime Ohio resident, Murlean is originally from Marianna, Arkansas, about 50
miles southwest of Memphis, Tennessee. When her mother could no longer live
alone, Murlean gladly took care of her before she died 26 years ago. In the
past 15 months, Murlean has mourned the passing of a sister. Read more...
Randi has had three to four regular clients and provides fill-in shifts.
Her caregiving experiences run the gamut from companionship and walking with
clients who have come out of rehabilitation following hip or knee surgery to
dementia and hospice care. “Some will need care for the rest of their lives,
maybe 5 to 10 years. Read more...
One day in a medical
office, a doctor told Michelle’s friend she had dementia. It was a diagnosis
that did not surprise Michelle. She immediately contacted her friend’s family,
told them about the diagnosis and explained what dementia was. Read more...
Vianca, an online college
student who eventually wants to earn a degree in elementary education and
special education, knows how to tap into a fount of knowledge for the couple.
“When I have conversations with them and questions come up, I’ll look up things
on my iPhone. He says, ‘Wow. You have everything at the tip of your fingers.’
He’s a really smart guy, a former college educator who struggles only because
of dementia.” Read more...
has now three clients, including two 24/7 overnight situations and one weekend
morning client. Her first client passed away in January 2017 after Claudia had
cared for her only 2½ months. Claudia explained, “She knew I cared for her, and
she’d often ask me to not leave her alone because she didn’t want to die by
herself. I promised her: ‘I will be there.’ Sure enough, I walked into my shift
that fateful Sunday morning, and 13 minutes into my shift, while I was standing
at the foot of her bed, she took her last breath.” Read more...
other regular client lives in an independent living facility with her brother.
“She is sharp and very sweet, but she cannot walk and is confined to a
wheelchair. I help her with dressing and personal care, including showering,”
Virginia explained. “I’ve had her four to five months. She likes the
companionship, loves to talk and loves to color. Memory is starting to become a
problem for her brother, but he has been helping her. Both of them are pleasant
– he is a gentleman who opens the door
for me.” Read more...
addition to being a CAREGiver, Claudine also is a family caregiver. “My
80-year-old dad is not doing well, and that is why I moved back to Texas. My
mother is getting worn down trying take care of him. I live two minutes away
from them. Dad has diabetes and congestive heart failure. He has had heart
troubles since he was in his 30s,” Claudine said. Read more...
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. Read more...
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