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Abigail’s Mom Would Be Proud
To See Her Daughter Helping Others

CAREGiver of the Month Abigail’s mother passed away three years ago, but her beacon still burns brightly and guides a daughter who seeks to follow in her footsteps and help others.

“Mom is a lighthouse for me because she was amazing and inspiring,” said Abigail, who joined Home Instead Senior Care® Livonia in February 2015. “She left a huge impression, an imprint that is such an admirable legacy. She supported my decision to go into nursing.”

Abigail’s mother was loved and trusted in her neighborhood and church community because she built relationships and assisted wherever she was needed.

“People asked Mom to help them and others, and she took care of the elderly in our church. She was an amazing role model. I was the youngest of the family, so Mom took me along when she helped neighbors, church members and family. I followed her around as she cooked and cleaned. Because I was so young, I wasn’t aware at the time of all the things she was doing for people. I just knew she was helping them. I was drawing pictures and singing and dancing. I was there for the entertainment,” Abigail said.

Her mother’s death brought Abigail back to the Detroit area from Toledo, Ohio, where she had been attending Mercy College. “I wanted to be with my dad and support him,” Abigail said. “Dad, who works for a car manufacturer, was sad and upset, and I wanted to make him happy and be here for him. He is getting older but does not have any serious health problems, however I pitch in to help him. He wants the best for me and supported my decision to go into nursing.”

Abigail has completed her prerequisite classes that lead to a nursing degree and will enter Henry Ford Community College next fall to resume her quest to become a Registered Nurse while also earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. “I plan to become a surgical nurse, and I would love to be a traveling nurse,” Abigail said.

About 16 months ago, a friend who formerly was a Livonia CAREGiver recommended Home Instead Senior Care. “This company is a perfect choice for someone with a medical education schedule. They will work with you. Beyond making clients their priority, Home Instead Senior Care wants the best for their CAREGivers, and if you have a chance to better yourself, they are all for you. They are flexible and I appreciate it. I started with overnight shifts but have shifted to other hours,” Abigail said.    

Abigail listed other advantages to working for Home Instead Senior Care:

•    “I like the franchise’s communication with employees.”
•    “The franchise is open to questions and suggestions.”
•    “The staff members make themselves available and respond immediately.”
•    “The office is proactive, and they are positive people. I love the office.”
•    “The hands-on training and preparation is good, as well as reinforcement of principles.”
•    “They really try for good CAREGiver-client matches but make changes if needed.”
•    “They help familiarize CAREGivers with the clients so there are few surprises.”
•    “I love working independently in a home. I do whatever I can to help.”

Abigail has done wonders for an 82-year-old female dementia client who had forgotten how to walk. “Her inability to walk had gone on for about three months,” Abigail said. “One day when she was trying to walk, I encouraged her and of course was right there with her and was using a gait belt so she would not fall. Somehow at that time, her mind and body kicked in at the same time, and she started to slowly walk, so I was a steady and encouraging force. After she started walking again, it made both of us happy and we celebrated the success.”

Abigail added: “I provide a positive environment for her and her husband and often try to refocus her. I noticed she likes to sing, so we listen to Christian children’s songs and sing them to uplift her mood and refocus. I can relate to those songs, like ‘Father Abraham,’ because I grew up with them in my church and sang them during Vacation Bible School in the summers. We end up laughing about carrying the tunes, and that’s my intention. You have to try to make it fun.”

Abigail often works right up to the last minute of her shift. “My client doesn’t like to be by herself when she is trying to get to sleep. I hold her hand and sing to her,” Abigail said. “This is why I do this. When I come into a home, it is not about me. I love to help people, and Home Instead Senior Care is all about helping people.”

Home Instead CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, provide a variety of non-medical services to help keep seniors independent. For inquiries about employment with Home Instead Senior Care, please call (734) 525-5300 or email LeeAnn Loveland. Home Instead Senior Care also accepts online applications to become a in home caregiver.

For further information about the company, visit Home Instead Senior Care Livonia MI, or to learn more about the company's senior home care services by viewing our digital brochure.


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