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Pat Praises Clients’ Courage, Resolve, Attitude

Award-winning CAREGiver Pat Singh’s respect for her clients is off the charts. 

“Our clients go through a day and seldom complain,” said Pat, CAREGiver of the Month at Home Instead Senior Care® Livonia. “It gives me strength to see how they have handled their situations so bravely. I hope I can do that if I reach that point in life. When you think you are having a bad day, take a look at these courageous people. They want to first try to do what they desire to do before asking for help. Among the spouses of this great generation, I see love, respect and caring firsthand. The husband stands by his wife no matter how tough it gets.”

Pat also saw awesome examples of faith and strength while taking care of a number of relatives, including her late mother and father. Just about a month after Pat’s mother died on Dec. 23, 2014, Pat joined Home Instead Senior Care. “Mom had been with me since 2009,” Pat said, “and after she died, I jumped into the senior-care job market.”

Pat’s compassion extended far past her mother: “I also took care of my mother-in-law and her mother. Our family would take care of all the relatives, regardless of whether they were aunts, uncles or whoever. We had a ‘recuperation room’ in the back of our house. My mother used to laugh about my arrangement of taking care of both her and my mother-in-law by telling people, ‘You can borrow my daughter when she’s traveling and ends up on your side of the town.’ ”

More than family caregiving, the college graduate had gained plenty of experience from working at several caregiving venues before she joined Home Instead Senior Care. She worked for five years in a skilled nursing facility as a nurse’s aide. Pat also worked for five years at a psychiatric hospital in the 1980s as a ward clerk and admissions officer, where she also performed training duties.  Pat said the Home Instead job is closer to one-on-one care – exactly what she had been doing for her mother for four years. “I doubt I could be tied to desk work again,” she said. 

Helping her parents, Pat said, was a labor of love. Recalling their challenges, Pat said: “Mom had diabetes and other health problems. After one episode, she came home with a PICC line (peripherally inserted central catheter for nutrition). Dad had undergone bypass surgeries, and he lasted two months in a nursing home. He died before Mom did. Putting Dad in a nursing home was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but he needed constant medical help that included IVs.”

Being a CAREGiver, Pat said, is not just a 9-to-5 job. She usually has four to five regular clients at any one time and takes fill-ins. Pat sees her clients through the same lens that she saw her late mother. “Everything I do with my clients,” she said, “I did for Mom. She was my best friend – I loved her to the moon. Home Instead is a good place to be because, beyond the fulfillment of assisting seniors, this job has helped me heal from the death of my mom.”

With her Home Instead work, Pat said: “I go whenever I am needed and bring plenty of patience with me. It is important to be able to listen. For one thing, their stories are amazing and worth the time. You need to be there for compassionate work such as this, and I firmly believe you need to be there with a client for more than just the money.  

“I thank God for being able to work as a CAREGiver. I love my job. I am 59, and if I reach 80 and am still able to do what I am doing now, I would want to continue doing it because I love helping people.”

Quality Assurance Coordinator Gail Wilk said: “Pat is a remarkable CAREGiver who is always helping out at the last minute and loved by all of her clients.”

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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