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Clients’ Happiness Is Alesia’s Priority

Give Alesia Barr a couple of hours with a senior, and she’ll likely come away with a detailed list of what makes him or her tick. And then Alesia goes to work pleasing people. That’s why she was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock just six months after she started with the award-winning franchise owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh.

With one client, Alesia makes sure that her Android cell phone is charged before she comes to work. Once she arrives, Alesia sets up a “watching station,” clicks onto the Netflix app and tunes into an episode of “Doc Martin” on PBS for her client. How did Alesia know? “We were talking one day about how she liked to watch the “Downton Abbey” series on PBS, and the conversation turned to ‘Doc Martin,’ ” Alesia said. “I thought, ‘If she would like to watch it, why not?’ ”

Another client is a Texas Rangers baseball fan. By coincidence, so is Alesia, who is invited to watch their games on TV with him. Alesia’s No. 1 rule is, get everything done for the client before sitting down to watch the American League team. “He also likes to keep up on politics and talk about them with me because we are both intensely interested in what’s going on,” Alesia said. “There’s never a debate or disagreement, just observations.”

Alesia also deals with her banana allergy to please a client. She puts on gloves, tries not to breath in the banana scent too deeply and puts the pieces in a freezer so the client can have frozen banana chips for his ice cream. “As long as I have the gloves,” Alesia said, “I am fine. It is no big deal, and it is a good way to keep the bananas before they spoil. The client appreciates it.”

For Alesia, the client always comes first, and Office Manager Juanita Camacho confirms it. “After joining Home Instead Senior Care last November,” Juanita said, “Alesia quickly proved herself to be available, reliable and compatible for our clients. She wants to help everyone to the best of her ability, and she has a compassionate and caring heart.”

Clients and their family members know that Alesia is a self-starter. “Alesia is proactive and does not wait to be told what to do when she sees something that needs to be done. She just does it,” Juanita noted. “She is a true professional.”

Alesia’s ethics always shine, too. “Alesia believes in doing what is right even when no one is looking. That, along with her strong work ethic, are two of the character traits that make her the wonderful CAREGiver she is,” Juanita said. “She treats everyone with respect and dignity, and she expects nothing in return. Alesia sees the good in everyone.”

Alesia has completed all of her academic work to become a CNA and needs only to take the state exam to receive her license. A Home Instead Senior Care commercial on television caught her eye, and so she pursued the job. Alesia had never before worked as a professional caregiver but it has suited her well. “What I like best is the interaction with the clients and listening to the stories they tell.” Alesia said.

Alesia also likes the fact that each of her clients presents a completely different situation. “I like the variety, and I like the travel from one to the other,” she said. “There is different scenery and different challenges. Usually, no two days are the same, and I have good clients. In my nurse’s aide courses, I learned a lot about dementia and how to handle the behaviors. Home Instead Senior Care also has an excellent class for that, too, but I haven’t gotten the time yet to take it because of the timing and client load. Home Instead does a good job of covering all the steps.”

When Alesia looks into her “crystal ball,” she can envision running her own senior-care office. “Home Instead Senior Care is a good model,” Alesia said. “When I think about things that could be way off in the future, I wonder about having a franchise or agency. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I looked into a Home Instead Senior Care franchise office in Hawaii just to see what was involved and what it might look like. I can dream dreams, right?”

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, apply online. Visit Home Instead Senior Care to learn more about senior home care services. You can share our digital brochure for additional information. Please like us on Facebook.


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