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Client Benefits from Martha’s Inside View of Parkinson’s

​“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”
2 Corinthians 1:4, New Living Translation

A Bible verse sums up award-winning CAREGiver Martha Davila’s seemingly preordained role with her client. Martha has seen the effects of Parkinson’s disease firsthand for the past 15 years because her husband has it. So does Martha’s 82-year-old female client. Parkinson’s is a brain disorder that leads to tremors and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination.

The CAREGiver of the Month with Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock began helping her client shortly after joining Home Instead in June 2013. The client was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about the same time the woman’s husband died three years ago.

“I love my very sweet lady.” Martha said. “We do a lot of talking, and I pray for her when I am holding her hand. She’s like a mom – I was with her from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day, and we had an awesome day.”

Martha’s plan for helping her client lines up with her strategy for her husband of 44 years. “We don’t want to lose the use of his leg muscles, so I try to keep him on the move as much as possible. He uses a cane,” Martha explained. “My client is concerned about my husband and asks about him all the time, things like, ‘Has he fallen?’ ”

Martha takes her cue from her client’s physical therapist, who visits twice a week. “I watch the therapist closely, and we work on those exercises to have her do the same thing every day. You try to keep the muscles limber,” Martha said.  “That’s what Parkinson’s does – it takes away mobility, and I am trying to help her keep it as long as possible.”

Martha and her CAREGiver team also have provided emotional and spiritual support. “My client seemed depressed at first when I went to help her. There was quite a bit of crying. I told her, ‘We are your girls. We’ll do whatever you want.’ I don’t let her get discouraged, so I encourage her a lot. When I arrive, the first thing I say is, ‘How are you doing?’ I give her a hug and a kiss, and that gets her ready for the day. I am a big hugger.”

Martha can’t imagine being without her client: “I am trying to build her back, with the grace of God and only by the grace of God. She has been a feisty lady who just gets up and goes. But I am always with her. I am very proud of her. Her son can’t believe the progress she has made with her mobility and her muscles. She moves more independently; she is going in a positive way. I admire her so much. I pray for her every day.”

Office Manager Juanita Camacho said Martha has just the right touch and quickly proved her ability to be an asset to Home Instead and its clients.  “Martha is always willing to rearrange her schedule to provide our clients with the service they need,” Juanita said. “Martha is a very caring person who has a wonderful personality and positive attitude. She wears a smile all the time.

“Martha takes a genuine interest in the wellbeing of our clients. I can truly say that Martha has the heart of a CAREGiver. Her actions speak volumes to her sincerity.”

Martha, a Lubbock native, returned to the area in May 2013 from the Dallas-Fort Worth, where she and her family had lived for a number of years. A longtime friend told her about the job. “I was blessed,” Martha said. “This job is such a blessing to me.

“The reward is the work because I am doing what I like to do. I just look up to the Big Man and thank Him for that. The training is good. I had the Alzheimer’s CARE class and learned far more about dementia than what I knew from being around my mom, who died about 10 years ago. The training is extremely detailed, and Jenny Bush is an awesome teacher. All the ladies in the office are awesome – heck yeah, every one of them.”


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