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
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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
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.
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.”
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
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