“Cooper Deupree is a young gentleman with an old soul. He really is an amazing young man who fills the room with his fantastic smile and contagious energy.”– Office Manager Juanita CamachoFour years after graduating from high school in Hobbs, New Mexico, and one year after joining Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock, Texas Tech University junior Cooper Deupree has been selected as the franchise’s CAREGiver of the Month. Cooper was honored as he continues to work toward his ultimate goal of being a geriatric psychiatrist. “When I found Home Instead Senior Care, I had been looking online for a job in my area of study. Without a doubt, it’s the best job I’ve had,” said Cooper, who is aiming to get into medical school. “Home Instead Senior Care has been flexible with my hours. As far as working with the clients and their family members, everything has gone well. More so than clients, they are my friends.” Biology/pre-med is Cooper’s major, with minors in chemistry and psychology. He graduated with highest honors when he earned an associate’s degree in psychology from South Plains College in Lubbock. “The change to psychiatry involves a medical degree,” said Cooper, who favors University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas when he leaves the Red Raiders’ campus. “The bottom line is, I want to help in the mental health field, specifically geriatrics. Because of the baby boomer generation, there will be a growing number of 65-plus people for a long time to come. Theirs is a demographic that really needs help,” Cooper said. “On a personal level, I was always close to my grandparents. I feel I get along with seniors better than many from my generation. Seniors have earned everything, and they deserve our respect because they built our world. Seniors are marginalized.”Cooper’s paternal grandparents have been gone since 2007, but his maternal grandparents live in Lubbock and are doing well. They are proud of Cooper and excited about his future. Staff members at the franchise owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh feel the same way.“Cooper has the heart to be a CAREGiver,” Juanita said. “He has developed his skills tremendously during the past 12 months. His willingness to learn and grow have brought him and our company great success. Cooper is respectful of our clients and their families. Cooper communicates well with co-workers, staff and clients’ families. Cooper is always positive, and he does not allow negative energy to deter him from providing the best care possible.” Cooper assists two men, one who is beset with later-stage Parkinson’s disease, and the other who is coping with cerebral palsy that causes muscle atrophy. “Cooper works with some higher-need clients. He does an amazing job, helping not only the client by the tender care he provides, but Cooper also gives great comfort to our clients’ families. He does that by giving them a peace of mind,” Juanita said. “Cooper is proactive. He looks for solutions and sees challenges as opportunities for improvement. Cooper takes pride in his work and the work of our company, and he is always open to ideas from co-workers, staff and family members. Cooper awesomely represents our company mission: We help seniors remain in the comfort of their homes and independent for as long as possible.” Cooper said the office staff has made him feel comfortable. “Training definitely helped. At first, I was nervous and did not know if I could do these things,” Cooper said. “If I have any questions, the office always answers punctually. They have good experience and offer good solutions. The whole year has been an eye-opener for me.”In addition to Home Instead Senior Care instruction, Cooper praised the case-specific training from the wife of the Parkinson’s client. “She has cared for him for more than a decade, and she has shown me everything I need to know. She’s on top of everything,” Cooper said. “The client’s wife is wonderful and so positive, and I definitely enjoy working with her. She is a strong person and her husband’s true love.”Cooper provides light housekeeping and meal preparation for his other client, who works 32 to 35 hours a week as a greeter at a business despite being wheelchair-bound. “He’s a good guy who is fun,” Cooper said. “He lives in an apartment with his dog, Rusty. Since he has bad muscle atrophy, I try to help him stretch his legs.”All of his work has been fulfilling, Cooper said, but one case was especially satisfying because the client’s condition had improved so much during a six-month recovery from a fall that Cooper and Home Instead Senior Care were no longer needed. When the client called the office to end service, he was crying and was complimentary of Cooper. “The client is gentle and kindhearted, always positive with a good perception of his situation. Both the client and his wife had a bright outlook and saw a silver lining in everything,” Cooper said. “What an example it was for me.”
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