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Client Would Like to Write a Tale About Lois’ Cat

CAREGiver of the Month Lois Currier’s cat has inspired her client’s literary juices. The client wants to write a children’s book about the quirky 15-year-old feline and its exploits. Perhaps in the client’s eyes, “Kitty” is the de facto mascot for Home Instead Senior Care® of Iredell and Alexander Counties in Statesville. “She has even thought about titles for the book,” Lois said.

The Kitty craze started about a year ago when Lois began assisting the former schoolteacher, a stroke victim. Lois would regale her client with stories about Kitty that would generate laughter and requests for updates. “As soon as I walk through the door,” Lois said, “my client asks how my cat is. She is intrigued with the cat and talks about it to her friends and grandchildren.

“As we talked about the cat more, the client said, ‘We need to write a book about your cat and put it in teaching form for children.’ We’ve talked about doing it for a long time. Maybe the book won’t go anywhere; I guess we’ll have to wait and see. She certainly is quite capable of writing a book. She has talked about trying to find someone who could illustrate the book. It’s a fun subject to share with my client and keeps her mind generating writing ideas about Kitty.”

An equally interesting book could be written about Lois and her adventures that have included family caregiving and work with a Home Instead Senior Care franchise in Merrillville, Indiana. Lois grew up in Lake Station, Indiana, and lived in Indianapolis for about 25 years before moving to Mooresville, North Carolina, in 1998.

Lois and her husband were long-distance family caregivers for her father-in-law in Goshen, Indiana, and her mother in Lake Station, Indiana. Both suffered from dementia. “After my father-in-law developed Alzheimer’s,” Lois said, “we tried several ways of helping, including adult daycare, but nothing worked until we requested service from Home Instead Senior in Mishawaka, Indiana. “We had a CAREGiver for him, and it was such a relief to know we had a wonderful person to step in when we needed support before he died in 2004 at age 88.”

Her father-in-law’s Home Instead experience in Indiana influenced Lois to become a CAREGiver in Statesville in 2005. “I thought about how a CAREGiver had made a big difference with my father-in-law and peace of mind in our lives,” Lois said. “I also reflected on my own parents’ lives and how they would visit the sick and elderly in our church, and I occasionally went with them. I enjoyed hearing the stories and learning about the family histories. As a CAREGiver, I help other families in need just as we received support in Indiana from Home Instead Senior Care. 

“At Home Instead Senior Care in the Statesville office, I work for the most wonderful people. Even though there were many things I needed to learn about home health care when I first started in 2005, the office staff gave me training and support. Co-owners Creighton and Tracy Gibson gave us CAREGivers an opportunity to get a CNA license through a college. I am not good at taking tests and I was very scared about doing it, but I did it and passed on the first try.”

Meanwhile, Lois’ mother also died in 2004, leaving her dad to live alone. “My mom and dad were married 66 years. Dad would not consider a nursing home until the very end of Mom’s life, and he was amazing in his care for her. Because of his heroic efforts, she did not have a CAREGiver,” Lois said. “We decided to move to Indiana in 2008 to be with Dad, and we had one good year with him before he died at age 97 in 2009.”

While she was in Indiana, Lois has a successful tenure as a CAREGiver for the Merrillville Home Instead Senior Care franchise from 2008 until 2014, but she and her husband missed the Tar Heel State. When they returned to North Carolina, Lois remembered Creighton’s words in 2008: “Lois, if you ever come back to North Carolina, you’ve got a job here.”

Before Lois and her husband even found a home in July 2014, she went to the Home Instead Senior Care office at 117 North Center Street and signed up to become a CAREGiver again. “I have been working for the Gibsons for close to two years again, and it feels great, just like being home,” Lois said.

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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