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Debra’s Presence Comforted Dying Client

The client, on supplemental oxygen and struggling to breathe while being propped up in her recliner at a care community, had a request for Debra Beaver, CAREGiver of the Month at Home Instead Senior Care® of Iredell and Alexander Counties.

“If I could have a picture of you, Debra, that was positioned so I could see it every day, it would make me feel better.”

The client died last winter soon after Debra brought her the picture and strategically hung it. “There were bonds. Part of it, I think, was that her daughter had passed away, and I reminded her of the daughter,” Debra said. “For my part, she reminded me of my late mother.”

The poignant moment showed how Debra lives the Home Instead Senior Care principles: “Build Trust, Take the Lead and Share Your Heart.”

There have been many memorable client moments for Debra, who joined Home Instead Senior Care on Aug. 17, 2012. Her current client, a 91-year-old widow, shares commonalities with Debra. Debra has overcome an illness, and her client is in the process of overcoming the same illness. The client’s daughter died of a similar illness. “We sometimes discuss the situation,” Debra said.

“It has been a perfect match. The client and I really have a mother-daughter kind of bond that truly goes two ways. She values me in the same way I value her. I see her as my mom,” Debra said. “Our communication is strong. Even though I work nights with her, she always waits up to talk to me. We can talk into the night sometimes. There are times when we can sit and laugh about nothing. She is curious and very sharp. We discuss unusual, interesting things.”

Debra’s path to caregiving has taken unusual turns.   

“I made several major life-changing decisions after coming upon a horrible fatality car accident. After that experience, I felt I needed to know how to pray effectively and I needed medical education courses,” said Debra, who previously had earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development and a master’s degree in reading education from Appalachian State.

“I decided on Bible school and earned a diploma at Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and later took nursing classes at Mitchell College in Statesville. But I ended the nursing education to help my mother and father, who died eight months apart.”

Debra became a CNA in 1994 and started her care career at a facility in Mooresville. Debra, who worked in the field for about 22 years, was forced to stop for a couple of years while recovering from serious injuries related to an auto accident and tending to her parents, who were in declining health. “I was on a walker at my father’s funeral,” Debra recalled. “Looking back at my career, I have worked in a nursing home, an assisted living facility and a hospital. Over the years, I also have been a family caregiver for my husband, who is disabled and suffers from a chronic condition.”

Debra discovered Home Instead Senior Care with the help of her sister, who mentioned a neighbor who was receiving services from the franchise and praised its CAREGivers. “I had been out of work for about four months and was looking for a care facilities job. But God had something new in mind for me, and it was Home Instead Senior Care,” Debra said.

“I have been very blessed to have this job. The flexibility is great because it allows me to tend to my responsibilities as a family caregiver. There is lots of freedom in the job compared with no freedom in working for a facility. With Home Instead Senior Care, I value the friendship of the staff, clients and their families. The support and teamwork is phenomenal.”

Franchise owners Creighton and Tracey Gibson, Debra said, are emblematic of the spirit of excellency. “I feel they have been anointed to provide this service. They are in the right place at the right time. They are respected, proven leaders of the community and are dedicated to their service, and they do it on the highest level,” Debra said. “The owners and staff work in harmony and unity. Furthermore, the Gibsons and the staff are concerned about their employees, in addition to their clients and their families.”

Debra also praised the franchise’s client-CAREGiver matching methods. “These are amazing people who call in and want services, both clients and their families. The clients are full of wisdom and amazing stories, and they just want help to remain in their homes. I enjoy what I am doing because I am also able to help my husband in my time away from the job.”

All Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about CAREGiver employment, please apply online call 704-924-9909. For further information visit Home Instead Senior Care​​.​​​​


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