recalled the summer when she was 12 and decided to make a little spending
money. Catherine, who loved spending as much time as possible outside during those
summer months in Bend, Oregon, enjoyed visiting the seniors at a nearby
retirement mobile home park.
She offered to mow
“Before I knew it,”
Catherine said, “I had more mowing jobs than I could handle. Almost all of the
seniors gave me a few bucks, a sweet treat and lots of hugs before I’d leave
their yards. I remember being especially pleased when I could get the grumpier
ones to smile. I was eager to see if they’d be nice and act as if they were
happy to see me again the next week. It’s funny how I still enjoy the most
And it’s no wonder
why Catherine was honored as CAREGiver of the Month at Home Instead Senior Care® of
Lubbock. She had found God-given talents of hospitality, companionship and
service, attributes that served her well later during a lifetime of helping
“I have been the
caregiver type as long as I can remember. Caregiving comes so naturally and is
where I am the happiest,” Catherine explained.
“I have spent many
years working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental
disabilities in various settings, and I have worked with seniors in community
recreation programs and in home care since I was in middle school. What I like
most is making a positive difference in the life of a person who would
otherwise be feeling alone, possibly unworthy, sad and frustrated. I love
listening to their stories. Their lives are so fascinating and rich with
stories. I do my best to serve others with a loving heart and provide respect
and dignity to all.”
When Office Manager Juanita Camacho announced Catherine’s honor, she said: “Catherine
has been an absolute blessing to our company and our clients. She is an
exceptional CAREGiver and person because she is compassionate, caring, kind,
trustworthy, loyal and has a heart of gold. Catherine treats everyone with
the highest degree of dignity and respect, and she is always very professional
When Catherine and
her husband moved from Denver to Lubbock about two years ago, Catherine went
straight to the Home Instead Senior Care office at 1010 Slide Road, west of
Texas Tech University and applied. She became a CAREGiver in July 2014. “Since
I had a very positive experience working for a Home Instead Senior Care
franchise in Portland, Oregon, in 2007, this was the only agency where I
applied once my search began,” Catherine said.
“After moving to
Lubbock and deciding to take a break from the type of work I was previously
doing in case management, what I wanted to do most was to work in direct care
with the elderly. So here I am! I currently have one client, and we’re together
four days a week with a consistent time frame for my shifts.
Juanita said Catherine is
a natural at caregiving and is a joy for the office. “Catherine always has a
smile to share, and she works well with others. She is open to new ideas and
shares her thoughts with other CAREGivers and staff as well as communicating
well with co-workers, staff, clients, clients’ family members and medical
professionals. Catherine is always seeking to learn how to better serve
our clients,” Juanita said.
played the role of chaperone when one senior took her final trip outside of
Lubbock, and the emotional occasion provided Catherine with a front-row seat to
a sentimental outing where plenty of tears flowed.
“Last year I took
a client to the birthday party for her 100-year-old brother-in-law, who she had
not seen since her husband passed away two years before. She told me that her
brother-in-law was one of her favorite people on Earth,” Catherine said.
“We had to drive
about an hour out of town to get there, which was the first time she had been
out of the city limits since her husband passed and since she became quite ill.
It was a very big social gathering of family and friends on her late husband’s
side. She had feared she would never have a chance to reconnect with them. It
was a perfectly wonderful day, though we had to drive through a terrible Texas
dust storm in the return trip,” Catherine added.
“My client thanked
me for days afterward. This very special lady passed away last Valentine's Day.
But a few days before she left us, we reminisced about the fun birthday party
that brought her such joy. She said she felt so loved by people who she feared
had forgotten her and that if she never had another chance to see them again,
she thanked God for that very special day.”
Noting how fitting
it was for Catherine to be an integral part of the trip, Juanita said: “Sometimes
CAREGivers just touch the depths of my heart, and Catherine is one of those
people because she is very endearing and such a joy to be around.”
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