experienced, perceptive high school instructor recognized Elayne Gonzalez’s big
heart while taking note of Elayne’s outstanding academic work in a health
sciences class six years ago. The teacher’s suggestions for a career path
planted a seed.
teacher, Mrs. Moore, saw something in me. She said, ‘You ought to take my CNA
class during your senior year.’ Mrs. Moore also taught a phlebotomy class that
I took,” Elayne said.
2014, when Elayne graduated from high school, she also earned a State of Texas
CNA license with the help of Mrs. Moore’s classes. The teacher went a step
further to help her student. Elayne said: “She also recommended me for a job at
the University Medical Center, where I stayed for two years. I later was a PRN
at the care community, working there for two years. Mrs. Moore and I keep in
touch. She has provided references for me.”
working at the care community, Elayne decided to change an aspect of her career
and work more one-on-one with seniors. She took care of 12 residents at a wing
of the care community, had a lot of tasks and found little time for
had seen the Home Instead Senior
Care® sign often when she drove past the
office, and she decided to research Home Instead online. On May 24, 2017, Elayne
joined the award-winning franchise that is owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh. In
July 2019, Elayne was honored as the July CAREGiver of the Month.
love Home Instead and the one-on-one interactions with clients,” Elayne said.
“Most of them want to talk, and they tell me about their lives. I love hearing
about their travels, careers and families. I have a lot of questions, and they
are eager to respond. It is really fun. It doesn’t feel like a job sometimes,
although I am very diligent and work hard. I am having a ball with the clients.
I lose track of time – it goes by quickly when you have fun. They don’t want me
to leave. I assure them I am coming back. They are always happy to see me.”
and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said: “Elayne is the perfect example
of the heart of a CAREGiver. She is an amazing young woman with so much
love and kindness to offer to our clients. She continues to show compassion,
dedication and excellent work ethic.”
added: “Elayne’s positive attitude makes it easy for her to gain our clients’
trust. She builds great relationships with clients, their families, other
CAREGivers and our staff. Elayne has cared for some of our higher-need
clients and as well as some very independent clients.”
will never forget the three months with a client whose condition improved so
much that he was able to live again on his own without help. That was
accomplished with the help of 30- to 45-minute rides on a two-person bicycle
around a sprawling care community campus. The client had seen the two-person
bike as he and Elayne walked to the dining facility, and he asked Elayne if
they could try riding it.
was the physical therapy department’s bike. I gathered all the permissions for
us to ride it. He had done well in physical therapy during rehabilitation
before we started riding. He’d been active physically earlier in his life and
had been a golfer. Getting the client out and about was big. He loved riding,
and we had a good time. We went fairly slowly and didn’t overdo it. We never
came close to tumbling or anything like that. I’d turn around and ask, ‘How are
you doing? Tired? Need to go inside?’ ” Elayne recalled.
rides took place on Sundays and started in March, so the temperatures were in
the 70s and low 80s. They would go out near the close of Elayne’s shifts, which
ended at 4 p.m., so it was the warmest part of the early spring days. Elayne
pointed out: “The weather was good.”
added: “We had water, and he wore a hat and sunglasses. It was cool to give him
that experience. I don’t have many clients who get their physical function back
fairly well. He lives on his own at the independent housing area of the care
community. He was pleased to use the bike. It was cool. We had fun, and it was
good exercise for the client and me.”
said: “Being a CAREGiver brings joy to Elayne’s life; she said she knows she is
making a difference in someone’s life.”
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