CAREGiver of the Month Lucy Rangel's God-given companionship skills
with clients and their families are off the charts. Since Lucy started
with Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock on July
15, 2010, she has wanted to learn everything about her clients so she
can assist them in the best way possible.
Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said: "She is fun to be
around. Lucy builds great relationships with our clients, our clients'
families, co-workers, staff and other medical professionals. Lucy places
no limitations on the care she provides for our clients."
appears the clients want to know everything about Lucy, and they've even
offered to share their wisdom on everything, including dating advice.
Several clients have generated smiles and laughter with well-meaning
When Lucy took one client to her favorite
steakhouse, the client noticed how handsome their waiter was. While Lucy
was engrossed with the menu, the client made sure Lucy noticed the
waiter. The client told Lucy: "You will miss something if you don't look
up." If that weren't enough, the client shed her filter completely,
reached for the waiter's face and mentioned that Lucy "was available."
Lucy laughed and said, "I blushed. I had a matchmaker. She meant well."
client told Lucy that during a bygone era when couples were getting
married at 18 and 19, he and his wife dated for a long time before
marrying at 25. "He told me how he courted his wife and recalled that it
was raining on the June day when they married. He shared a lot of great
memories," Lucy said. "He was something else. He died several years
ago, and I miss him dearly. His wife is still a client. I have good
memories of the two of them."
One of those memories was the
self-deprecating nature of the husband's client, who was a scholarship
football player at Texas Tech University in 1944 and 1945 after he had
served in the military. On Coach Dell Morgan's 1945 team, the client
held a leadership role, having been selected as one of two co-captains.
"He was a center," Lucy noted. "He and his wife had cheerful natures. As
much as I help her, she keeps me going and puts a smile on my face."
also fondly recalls finding Home Instead Senior Care in a newspaper
advertisement while she and her oldest sister were in the final months
of caring for their late mother in Lucy's home. She learned a lot about
senior care during that time.
"Mom was very ill, and I had lots
of practice at senior care. One sweet nurse, Jamonica, taught us a lot
about caring for Mom, including making transfers and so much more. I
never forgot," said Lucy, whose mother passed away Oct. 7, 2010, nearly
three months after Lucy had started with Home Instead Senior Care.
mother's death also came two months before Lucy graduated from Lubbock
Christian University with a humanities degree. Lucy, who had considered a
nursing career, values the initial training and ongoing education that
is available for CAREGivers at her award-winning franchise owned by
Tracy and Terry Baugh. CAREGivers like Lucy also benefit from Home
Instead CAREGiver training classes for Alzheimer's or other forms of
dementia, and Parkinson's disease. In addition, CAREGivers are versed in
care for those with chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes,
stroke, cancer, heart disease, depression and weight-related issues.
has been seven years with Home Instead Senior Care, and I am still
going strong," Lucy said. "The CAREGiver-client bonding is good. I've
had clients and their family members asking about me and my family, so
it is like having another family. One former dementia client went to a
memory unit and still remembered me and my name, even in her last days."
and Engagement Coordinator Juanita noted Lucy's versatility that allows
her to work with nearly any client no matter what the challenges.
is a skilled CAREGiver who takes her responsibility seriously. Lucy is
very much a take-charge type CAREGiver. No matter the situation, Lucy
will make sure the needs are met to the highest level possible," Juanita
said. "Lucy is honest, hard-working, trustworthy, kind and personable. I
have known Lucy for many years, and I can say this is one superwoman of
a lady. Lucy handles all that life brings her with grace and dignity.
God bless her always and forever."
All Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about CAREGiver employment, please apply online call 704-924-9909. For further information visit Home Instead Senior Care.
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