you tie her favorite quotes and “coincidences” together, it’s easy to
see why Maureen Hill is an award-winning CAREGiver for Home Instead
Senior Care® of Lubbock.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Confucius
“The choice to have a great attitude is something nobody or no circumstance can take from you.”― Zig Ziglar.
Home Instead Senior Care Office Manager Juanita Camacho said:
“Maureen lives the Zig Ziglar quote. She always has a positive attitude,
and she genuinely cares about making a difference in the lives of
others by providing the best quality of care for them.” Maureen cites
the Confucius quote that is sometimes attributed to Mark Twain. “I liked
Zig Ziglar a lot and took one of his courses,” Maureen added. Meld the
quotes, and they sum up Maureen’s job attitude.
And there are the “coincidences.” Maureen joined Home Instead Senior
Care on Sept. 10, 2013. Her mother died eight years earlier, to the very
day. “Well, I don’t think that was any coincidence. Taking care of Mom
was a fulfilling experience. I got closer to her and enjoyed her more
than I ever would have if I had not been there for her,” said Maureen,
who took an apartment close to her mother’s while also maintaining her
Actually, Maureen’s 68-year-old husband also played a part in
Maureen’s move to a CAREGiver job. “My husband had just retired. I think
I was running him crazy at home, and he said, ‘We need to get you out
of the house,’ ” Maureen said with a laugh. “I saw an ad in the
newspaper for Home Instead Senior Care. I thought, ‘Well, I had taken
care of my mother for the final five years of her life. I think I could
do this.’ ”
Little did Maureen, nor her husband Bill, know that getting her out
of the house would lead to the busy weeks that Maureen loves.
“The amazing thing is that every single client with whom I have dealt
has been great,” Maureen said. “I have met very nice, very kind people.
I have learned something from every one of them. They are the most interesting people. They are so full of general information. They teach you all kinds of things.”
One client taught Maureen how to be more patient, she sheepishly
admitted. “He has a good sense of humor, and I love him to death,”
Maureen said. “But at one time, he laughed and called me ‘a control
freak.’ I was finding myself waiting for him to do some things. I was
patting my feet. He said, ‘You can stop that foot patting now. It’s not
going to make me go any faster.’ ”
Not only does Maureen help her clients, but she also is a godsend for
their families. She has one client, in the final stages of dementia,
for three hours a day three times a week. “It is difficult because he is
not too communicative,” Maureen said. “His wife is doing a great job
taking care of him. I give her a respite break. She and I visit a lot,
and I think that helps her, too. This is where coming alongside the
family by helping the client is such a very big deal.”
When asked to zero in on what she liked best about her job, Maureen
said: “That is hard to answer. Exposure to the clients and staff is the
greatest blessing. I didn’t realize it was so easy to be so nice. I love
my clients to pieces. I love their families. I love the staff. This is
the nicest office staff I’ve ever been around. I am blessed to be
surrounded by them. They communicate so well.”
Juanita said three of the franchise’s clients are benefiting from
having an outstanding CAREGiver of the Month. “Maureen is a great person
and CAREGiver; she has proved to be a wonderful addition to our team.
Maureen does a wonderful job caring for our clients, and she has a great
sense of humor. Maureen always finds the silver lining in any
Maybe there’s one more appropriate quote for Maureen, and this one
seems to fit her well. How about, “It ain’t over until it’s over,” a
classic by homespun baseball legend Yogi Berra. “I would love to keep
being a CAREGiver,” she said. “I love staying busy. At 66, if you stop
moving, you might not get back up and going again.”
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