The beautician was deeply impressed when she saw CAREGiver Karon Nowalk’s interaction with seniors at her beauty shop. The hair stylist kept mental notes and later requested Karon’s assistance with her parents. Moreover, she was thrilled when Karon was honored as CAREGiver of the Year for Home Instead Senior Care of North Austin, Round Rock and Sun City.
Home Instead Senior Care franchise owner Tyson Murphy said: “Karon is a bundle of energy, sass and love all wrapped into one. You never know what she might say, but it is likely to make you smile, laugh out loud and/or feel loved. Karon’s passion shines through. Karon has shown her heart through selfless acts of kindness and love. She takes the lead when a reluctant or downright grumpy senior isn’t sure what needs to happen. Karon always shows respect, but she can exercise a balance of persistence and patience. She will say she is tired just before she takes off to do something else on her endless ‘to-do’s list.’ Karon has never met a stranger because of her warm personality and loving spirit. Her willingness to show love and support in any circumstance demonstrates her ability to build trust with whom anyone she comes into contact.”
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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