CAREGiver of the Month - Alyce

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Road to Michigan Led Alyce to Home Instead​

CAREGiver of the Month Alyce knows every road bump in the 100 miles between her family’s acreage near Alvada, Ohio, and their new home in Taylor, Michigan, because she has made the regular weekly round trip while slowly getting settled in. Home Instead Senior Care® Livonia knows what Alyce has experienced since she became a CAREGiver in April. 

“Home Instead Senior Care totally understood and has worked with me,” Alyce said. “After I joined the franchise, I continued to work part time at my home health aide job in Ohio until June 21 because of my travels. I packed up the house except for the furniture and brought everything back piece by piece. Part of the reason for going back is that we’re still trying to sell the property. My husband is working hard at his job in the Detroit area. He was transferred here after accepting a promotion.”

The move was a tough one for Alyce and her husband because their Ohio home had been in
the family since 1876, when it was built by a great-grandfather. “We had lived there for 16½ years and put so much time, effort and money into it to repair and update it,” she added.

In addition to Home Instead Senior Care’s flexibility, Alyce praised the office staff’s client-CAREGiver matching process, expertise, professionalism and compassion. 

“The office is always pleasant when you call for advice or direction. They are very helpful, and it’s nice to have a good line of communications. I like the fact that the franchise is focused
equally on concern for clients and CAREGivers. The training is good, led by a nurse and people who have worked in the field,” said Alyce, who earned her Michigan CNA license in March after holding her State Tested Nurse Aide license (STNA) in Ohio for a number of years. 

Alyce zeroed in on 10 possible Taylor-area employers and narrowed her job search to six companies. Of those six, Alyce interviewed first with Home Instead Senior Care and received five job offers. “I chose Home Instead because I felt it was the best interview. I am 48, and it was the most comfortable interview I’ve ever had,” Alyce said. 

Alyce’s vast professional experience includes positions as a rehabilitation aide, a hospice personal care attendant and in dementia care, among other responsibilities. “I specialized with Alzheimer’s clients in Ohio. I have had many dementia clients who were nonverbal, so I follow body language and cues,” Alyce said. “I loved every minute of the job in Ohio, and I liked the one-on-one nature of the job. I was looking for a similar job here,” Alyce said. 

Her family caregiving experience is extensive, too, and her family had an impact on her penchant to want to help others. “Dad had Alzheimer’s for 10½ years plus other medical problems before he died in 2009. He instilled good values in us four kids. While he worked hard as a businessman, he also helped other people who needed it. He was very compassionate.  My parents were married 55 years,” Alyce said. “My mom and my oldest sister are the only ones left in our family. One sister died of cancer in 2013, and a brother died unexpectedly in 2014.”

Alyce added: “My mom is 80 and does quite well. Mom, who enjoys driving her 2015 Ford Mustang, is pretty cool, super intelligent and stays active with her church. She jokes about ‘holding on’ until Jan. 25, 2017, when she will turn 81. I am thankful for a mother who has always been completely supportive.”

Alyce’s clients are like family, and she loves her time with them. 

“A 97-year-old client plays rummy like you would not believe. I honestly cannot beat her. She gets around well with a walker. She likes her eggs over easy and politely corrected my meal preparation one day when I asked. When clients have a lot of preferences, it is a good indication of family involvement,” Alyce said.

“A 94-year-old hospice client has 24/7 care and lives alone. Her faith is important. She likes to watch the Catholic TV channel, and I watch with her. It is a good way to engage her. I was raised as a Methodist, and she is teaching me about the Catholic faith. I could not find a better teacher. When you draw on a client’s wisdom and experiences, he or she is thrilled.” 

Alyce had observations about caregiving: ​
  • ​“Family engagement with clients is a great thing. I have been very blessed with clients who have had good family involvement.”
  • “Food means a lot to many clients. For that generation, basic things like meat and potatoes, were most desired. The simplest things mean a lot to the clients.” 
  • “I’ve found that clients, seniors in general, want you to eat with them. Eating with a client is part of the bonding process. Eating with them breaks the ice.” 
  • “Clients are curious about us CAREGivers. They want to know what’s going on in our lives. Sharing a little about our lives is part of companionship.”
  • “No current client has pets, but a pet can be important in a senior’s life. I have a number of pets. I show photos to the clients, and they are interested and intrigued.”
  • “Caregiving coincidences can be amazing. One client’s son lives near Washington, D.C., just down the street from relatives of a home-care client I had in Ohio. I had taken care of their father. It astounded me, and proves it is a small world.”
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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