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CAREGiver of the Month - Eva


Eva Smoothly Shifts Gears from Teaching to Caregiving

CAREGiver of the Month Eva Nash’s heart for helping people was on display more than 28 years ago, when she turned down a nice raise at a law office to finish her college degree and embark on a 24-year education career as a kindergarten teacher.

During her years at the attorney’s office, where she had started as part time during her college days, Eva had tried to leave. But she kept getting raises and praises as an office administrator who helped grow the law office from three lawyers to 12. “One day,” Eva said, “I thought to myself: ‘At the end of life’s road, what is the important thing I did in life?’ At the time, I had a passion for little kids.” To show their appreciation for Eva, the attorneys collected enough money for a going-away present to pay Eva’s final year of college.

In 2006, seven years before she retired from teaching, Eva found another passion – senior care. “I needed extra income and wanted weekend work,” recalled Eva, who joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock in January 2006. “I enjoyed working on Friday nights and Saturdays with Home Instead Senior Care until a client died in early 2013, so I took a break from it.”

Eva retired from teaching in December 2013 – the year her 90-year-old father passed away – and decided to resume her caregiving duties in late October 2015. When Eva called the Home Instead Senior Care office, Office Manager Juanita Camacho responded, “We had been praying that you’d come back to us.”

Elaborating on Eva’s qualities, Juanita said, “Eva cares deeply because she is a nurturing person by nature, and this powerful characteristic allows her to build strong relationships with our clients and families. Eva communicates well with co-workers, office staff and our clients and their families. Eva always has a kind word and a smile to share with anyone with whom she comes in contact.” 

Asked to pinpoint the reasons for her success as a CAREGiver, Eva said, “I try to immediately read my clients. I observe where they need help and how I can do that. I try to see what they like, what they want to talk about. What are they interested in?”

It’s important, Eva said, not to be a smothering mother hen. “I make myself available to assist clients, and I never try to force myself on them or be intrusive. I want to try to keep their independence intact as much as possible. Many of them mentally can function just fine. Their bodies have given out, and they need the help. I come alongside them, but I want them to keep their dignity,” Eva explained.

Eva said attitude is everything when dealing with peoples’ challenges. “I try to find humor in every situation with my clients and laugh with them. Laughter and humor is a good method of redirection. Some clients are difficult at the beginning, but it is nothing to take seriously. I like the interaction with seniors and listening to their stories because I like hearing about their journeys through life. I want to become like a family member for the client if it is possible. When I went to a facility to assist a client and was at the dining table with her, one of the other residents thought I was my client’s daughter. I told her, ‘No, I am here as her friend.’ It felt good that the resident sensed the closeness.”

Eva said she has no plans to do other than be a CAREGiver. “I work for great owners and a great office, and it is a wonderful organization that is here to serve,” Eva said. “I immediately got a good feel for the atmosphere when I went to work. They are flexible, caring, understanding and accommodating, not only for the clients but for the CAREGivers. I could not do the job of scheduling. Juanita and Michelle do a good, admirable job. The franchise has a good reputation in the Lubbock area. There are a lot of compliments from clients’ family members and clients who have rehabbed from injury and illness and gone on to live on their own.”

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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