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Jane’s Positive Attitude Wins Over Client

Award-winning CAREGiver Jane Buby’s shift had ended, but her 81-year-old female client implored her to stay a little longer, saying: “Jane, you’re the best.” The feeling is mutual. “I become attached to my clients,” Jane revealed. “After a while, you get to know their routines and everything about them.”

Jane helped restore one of her client’s routines and participates in others while working for Home Instead Senior Care® Livonia. “She had cataract surgery a couple of months ago, and I encouraged her to get back to reading again, which she had loved but kind of gave up. Overall, I try to keep her motivated,” Jane said. “Sometimes she will say, ‘Oh, I don’t care,’ but I told her I know she does care. 

“We watch old movies, like the ones where Rock Hudson appears, mostly Turner Classic movies. I try to get her to identify the actors and actresses in the movies to keep her mind sharp. I have assisted her since around the time I started in late March. She was one of my first clients.”

There have been happy and sad times with her client. With a laugh, Jane said: “She cheats at checkers, and I know she plays poker on occasion, but not with me.” In 2014, Jane’s client experienced the deaths of a grandson and a brother. “She sometimes dwells on that and cries when she thinks about it,” Jane said. 

“I try to cheer her up and get her to remember her happier days. She has lots of family pictures that are framed, and we look at them to get her in a better state of mind. I remind her that she has something to look forward to because a great-granddaughter will have a baby soon. We had an episode happen when an indoor violet died and I got her another one. That made her happy.”

Jane points out she’s much happier since she changed jobs, moving from a grocery store delicatessen, and she gives the credit to a daughter. “It was time for a change,” Jane said, “and now I’m a lot happier when I come through the door at home after I finish with a caregiving shift. My daughter, who works in a bank, referred me to Home Instead Senior Care. One of her co-workers knew about Home Instead because she had worked for another home health care agency and heard good things about Home Instead.” 

Asked about previous senior care experience, Jane said: “Among other situations, I helped take care of one of my mother-in-law’s friends on weekends for a year before she died. She did not have dementia, but she was frail, and it was hard for her to climb the stairs. I was driving her around and did housekeeping for her.”

With Home Instead clients, Jane said she has several key thoughts: “Basically, it’s their house, so it’s their rules. I keep them safe, but otherwise allow them the independence to do what they want and help them have an enjoyable day. Every client is different, but I believe I relate to clients well because I am working with people who are nearly the same age as I am.” 

Jane and her cohorts at Livonia are equipped to assist clients who have dementia. 

In addition to their practical experience, Jane and many other CAREGivers have been through the beneficial eight hours of the Home Instead Senior Care® network’s Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® Training Program.

Jane points out:

•   “Dementia is not the fault of someone who is afflicted with it. 

•   “Some people get irritated with seniors because they think the behavior that comes out of the dementia is intentional. That is not the case.

•   “As CAREGivers, we go with the flow with dementia clients and try to be alert for just about anything that could come up. Keeping them safe is the top priority, and winning them over is a big step in that direction.”

Jane put the perfect wrapper on what she does: “No matter the challenge, what I like best about this job is that I am helping clients stay in their homes and keeping them out of facilities.” 

​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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