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Keshanna Bonds With Clients Through Music

CAREGiver of the Month Keshanna Evans always seems to have a song in her heart, if not on her lips. Often, Keshanna is singing for her Home Instead Senior Care® Livonia clients – at their request – or singing with them. It’s easy for her to croon a soothing inspirational tune because she is a prominent member of two choral groups at her church, the Wyoming Mass Concert Choir and Inspire.

“For one client, I sing songs. She likes the music and says, ‘You sound beautiful.’ But I don’t have to sing – I play music, and she loves it. I feel as though she remembers two things most of all – my songs and my earrings,” Keshanna said with a giggle. “One male client sings songs with me, a cappella, and we think it is beautiful.”

Music is one of many ways Keshanna connects with clients. Sharing a mealtime is another opportunity to bond. “One client insists I eat with her. If I don’t, she asks, ‘Why are you not eating?’ She is so sweet – she tries to share her food – so I always bring something for myself,” Keshanna said.

That client has dementia and puzzled Keshanna at first with talk of her pet cat Jamie. “I was wondering if I should be helping with the cat’s care, but I had never seen a cat. As my client continued to talk about ‘Jamie,’ I called the office and said, ‘Is there really a cat?’ Then it started showing up. It had been hiding from me, but now it comes out to see me,” Keshanna said.  

“My client’s behavior varies – on the same day she’ll want me to stay after my shift is over, but there are also moments when she wants me to leave the house. She doesn’t always remember me when I come, but that changes pretty fast. I think we are two peas in a pod, very compatible. Sometime during my shift, I give her a hug and a kiss on the cheek.”

Keshanna’s weekday Home Instead Senior CareK hours have been reduced since mid-August, when her regular job with the Detroit Public Schools Community District resumed as the school year got under way. Keshanna is a special education teacher assistant with a 20-year track record of success with the school district.

Keshanna started with Home Instead Senior Care on July 5, 2016, when she wanted to pick up extra work during her free time in the summer. An internet search immediately turned up owner Glenna Yaroch’s award-winning franchise, and Keshanna wanted to give professional senior care a try on a part-time basis. “I love working with my kids at school – there’s no doubt about that,” she said. “I’ve also discovered that I love working with seniors. In fact, I have been a CAREGiver during some weekday evenings and on weekends since school started.”

Keshanna received her senior-care experience 17 years ago when family caregiving took her to Memphis, Tennessee. After her grandmother suffered a stroke, Keshanna helped for three or four months and befriended one of her grandmother’s elderly neighbors. Her compassionate companionship extended to both ladies. “I consider my family caregiving as a valuable time that prepared me in many ways for this job with Home Instead Senior Care,” Keshanna explained.  

Keshanna’s job at the time as a school service assistant paraprofessional was held open until she returned from Memphis. “I had a principal who was very understanding,” Keshanna said.

While working for the school district, Keshanna continued to build knowledge. She graduated in 2007 with an advanced associate’s degree in education. In 2009, she graduated from Cornerstone University with a bachelor’s degree. She hasn’t ruled out a try for her master’s degree, but she keeps busy with work and serving at the Wyoming Avenue Church of Christ. That’s where her mother also sings in the choir, and Keshanna also stays busy with her family that also includes her father, sisters, a nephew and a niece. “I’m thankful I have people in my life who truly love me,” Keshanna said.

Referring to her CAREGiver job, Keshanna said: “I really love the people with whom I work. The daughter of one client told me I was now a family member. I have fun and feel I am making a difference. I don’t want to give it up. It’s unusual to have two jobs you enjoy. You never know about the future. Caregiving might end up being the way to go.”

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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