For one former longtime client, CAREGiver of the Month Sue Flowers was known as "Sunshine," and the client and her husband became "like family" to Sue for six years. Their bonding was strong – the faith-based couple would ask Sue to pray with them on different occasions.
Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho had a premonition of a great match when she assigned Sue to assist the couple in 2012, Sue's first year with Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock. "When I was receiving my first assignment, Juanita said, 'I have the perfect couple for you,' " Sue recalled. "After my fourth shift with them, the couple's son and daughter-in-law called and asked if I could become a regular CAREGiver. Spiritually, we were on the same wavelength. That made it extra special."
Sue knew nearly everything about the couple. For instance, Sue knew the wife's favorite Bible verse was Psalm 121:1-2 and can quote it from memory —"I look up to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. He is the Maker of heaven and earth." The husband's favorite Bible chapter was the 23rd Psalm, and he'd read it often, and with even more frequency after his wife died in 2017. Sadly, the widower missed his wife greatly and died in December 2018.
"God put them together, then He put us together. The clients knew I believe in the power of prayer and that my faith is strong. No matter what their beliefs are, I want to be a blessing from God to my clients. I still hear from the family, and they have sent me cards. They sent 24 long-stem red roses on Mother's Day," Sue said. "I feel good about the fact that they are no longer in pain or suffering. But I still miss them – it broke my heart to lose them."
The wife had Alzheimer's. Where others had failed, Sue was successful in getting the client to respond when she asked her to do tasks such as showering. Sue explained: "She was afraid of water when I joined them, so we went slowly with a step-by-step process that included sponge baths at first. On some days, she had forgotten me when I arrived. But after we'd start talking, then she'd remember."
When Juanita announced Sue's CAREGiver of the Month award, she said: "When I think about what Sue's soul expresses, I see sincerity, honesty and a deep love for humanity. She has a greater understanding of the word 'giving' than most people could imagine. In Sue, I see a faithful, strong, caring and determined individual who has no limitations on her ability to care for others. Sue has proved to be an amazing CAREGiver and an asset with her kind, caring heart."
Juanita added: "Sue is extremely confident in her ability to care for others, and it shines through in her work. Sue has the special gift of intuition that helps her to meet the needs of our clients. Sue is a great representative of Home Instead Senior Care and the wonderful CAREGivers who take our mission to heart. "
Sue explained her love for being a CAREGiver since she joined the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care franchise that is owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh: "I have a mission, a job, to do. It is part of my ministry, which is taking care of people who need the help. I like to see the smiles when I walk in the clients' homes."
Detailing her previous service to others before she joined Home Instead, Sue said: "I worked for the MHMR of Texas (Mental Health and Mental Retardation) for almost 20 years and for the state school for 15 years. My husband and I had two clients for 18 to 19 years. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, and it was too much to deal with, they were transferred. I still go to visit them once a month,"
Word of Sue's compassionate care has traveled far. The family members of a potential client contacted Sue after they had heard how she had helped others. "I told them to call Home Instead Senior Care and see if I could be assigned to their senior loved one, which happened," Sue said. "I am helping the 77-year-old client from Monday through Friday. He lives alone. One focus is meal preparation, and I make sure he eats right."
No challenge is too tough for Sue. "My favorite Bible verse is from Philippians 4:13. 'I can do all things in the Lord, who strengthens me,' " she said.
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