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For Sabrina, Caregiving Actions Speak Louder Than WordsCAREGiver of the Month - Sabrina

Looking for someone to deliver a rousing 30-minute speech about senior caregiving? Because of her unassuming demeanor, Sabrina Valdez might not be the best candidate, but she’d find a way to pull it off while mixing in a little of her subtle humor and engaging giggle.

Looking for someone who provides quietly superb and compassionate care for any client, even on the most challenging days? Sabrina’s your person, no doubt about it. In fact, she’s a CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock.

Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said: “Sabrina is kind and caring, a woman of very few words, but she lets her actions speak for her. She does a great job and being mild-mannered is an asset in senior care. Sabrina assists some of our higher-need clients and does it so efficiently. Sabrina works diligently to meet all the needs of our clients and gives them her undivided attention.”

This is Sabrina’s second stint with the award-winning franchise that’s owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh. At her mother’s suggestion, Sabrina went online to search for home-care jobs and found Home Instead Senior Care in 2013. She worked as a CAREGiver for six months before she took college classes. Sabrina returned to Home Instead Senior Care in February 2016, and she was honored in March 2018 as CAREGiver of the Month.

“I went to school with the idea of becoming a veterinarian or perhaps a vet tech and switched to nursing. My mother suggested I try being a CAREGiver before deciding whether to pursue nursing. I’m taking a break from college and enjoying my job as a CAREGiver,” explained Sabrina, who has two pets, a shy cat and outgoing husky and loves taking care of animals.

“With Home Instead Senior Care, I am getting the positive experience of taking care of people who need the help to stay home. As far as the clients go, you see so many different people from different walks of life. Many of them came from outside the state. One client is a descendant of the people who started a Texas town, so I meet a lot of interesting people.”

One of Sabrina’s clients includes a man she has assisted for two years. “I am with him three times a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. He misses me when I am not there,” Sabrina noted. The man is one of four regular clients, and Sabrina works each day of week while also accepting fill-in shifts. Said Juanita: “We appreciate the fact that Sabrina has really helped us on weekends, and she does it without hesitation. Sabrina truly represents the heart of a CAREGiver and is a good representative for our company.”

Sabrina’s devotion to seniors is clear: She even spends holidays, usually Christmas and New Year’s Day, with one client. “He is in his 80s. He lives near his son, and they spend their ‘holiday’ together before the actual holiday. The son and his family then go out of town, but the client does not want to sit on an airplane. He plans our holidays, and all he wants on those days is a nice lunch, nothing special, and a relaxed day,” Sabrina said. “He thinks I am a good cook, and his tastes are basic. Fried egg sandwich is one of his favorites. All in all, there is nothing complicated, and the time with him is relaxing.”

Last Thanksgiving, Sabrina was with a female client at a care community until 3 p.m. “They had a big brunch spread in the dining room. For another lady client and her daughter, I spent a different Thanksgiving with them. My parents live in Corpus Christi, and that’s just too far to go for one day, so this is a good way for me to enjoy the day,” Sabrina said.

When Sabrina peers into the future, she clearly sees her clients. “I enjoy the job. It has been a good one. If I go back to school, I’d liked to continue to work for Home Instead Senior Care,” Sabrina said.

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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