From spending her first 50 years in Romania to immigrating to the United States 14 years ago, CAREGiver of the Month Lumi has gone through at least two lifetimes of experiences. She sees God’s hand in it all, including her job as a CAREGiver for Home Instead Senior Care® Livonia.Lumi was not a professional caregiver in Romania. She studied language arts and psychology, earned a university degree in 1979 and taught English and French in her native country. Later, she was an accountant for a German company doing business in Romania. However, Lumi was a family caregiver. In addition to caring for her son, Lumi served as the caregiver for her parents. After nationwide turmoil sparked by the 1989 revolution – including violent civil unrest – Lumi followed her longtime dream to come to America. “My son, Emanuel, was 22 when I was ready to leave, but he stayed behind in Romania. He is 37 now and is an IT administrator who worked in Luxembourg but has gone back to Romania,” Lumi explained. “It was hard for me to leave, but Emanuel told me, ‘Mom, for a lifetime you have wanted to leave this country, which had been communist and had all kinds of trouble. You must go now to the United States when you have the chance.’Lumi added: “America is all about the people, the goodness of its people. I have never gone back to Romania. We communicate often, and I hope to see my son some day and give him a big hug. We are both faced with the same dilemma: How will we pay the rent and other monthly bills if one of us travels overseas? It is expensive. It took a lot of effort just to come to the U.S.”It is in the United States where she has found success working in senior care. “I feel I ultimately was predestined to help seniors. Having been born in July, I learned two of my strengths, based on my birth month, are social work and communication. This is what I always pray: ‘God, show me the way to good people,’ ” said Lumi, who worked in senior-care facilities and as a private-duty caregiver before joining Home Instead Senior Care in December 2015. Lumi feels strongly about doing the right thing for seniors, and outlined how she tries to help: “They deserve understanding, loving kindness and a right to their dignity. I want to restore their dignity because when people can no longer do what they did, they feel bad. Humor is important. I tease in a good way and make jokes, get them to laugh. I try not to let bad energy in because I don’t want to leave a bad feeling. It just doesn’t happen with me. Many are lonely and don’t want me to leave. When the clients ask, I always say: ‘Of course I am coming back.’ ”Seeing people struggle with dementia is troubling to Lumi, and she searches spiritually for an understanding for herself and for comfort for her clients. “They need someone to love them. You should always send good energy. Love and good energy are the important things for those afflicted by dementia. Stay close to them and make them feel more comfortable,” Lumi said. Lumi wants to stay healthy enough to continue to serve others. “I try to eat well and take vitamins and supplements as part of my nutrition regimen so I can continue strongly and for a good time to come,” Lumi said. “When God wants to take my life, I hope He finds me working and helping others at that moment. I want to keep working until I take my last breath. I am 64, and this is my advice to others at my age: Don’t quit working until you are forced to. Working keeps you connected to reality. I pray every day I can keep on working.”Asked if she misses Romania, Lumi said, “My heart and soul are here in America.”
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