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March 2019 CAREGiver of the Month - Barbara C


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Flexible Scheduling Positions Barbara To Also Serve as Family CaregiverCAREGiver of the Month - Barbara

CAREGiver of the Month Barbara Chavez pulls double duty.

She is a family caregiver whose parents are staying with her for health reasons. Since May 2018, Barbara also has worked for Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock, an award-winning franchise owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh. Intertwining the two roles has suited Barbara, who most recently was an elementary school substitute teacher.

“Mom is in remission after undergoing breast cancer treatments. Dad has been in and out of the hospital, and he has been sick off and on since 1999. It works out for them to be staying with me instead of running between two places. I was looking for a job, had seen the Home Instead Senior Care website and read what it was all about,” said Barbara, who was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for March 2019.

“It has been hard to stick to a rigid work schedule with my parents’ health challenges. I love working for Home Instead Senior Care. With Home Instead, it is a good situation because the scheduling is flexible, which is what I need in case something unexpected comes up. On my off-days, I schedule my parents’ medical appointments and run errands.”

Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said: “Barbara is a very kind and sincere person and CAREGiver who has been a blessing to Home Instead Senior Care and our clients. Barbara’s skills and ability to work with clients who are independent as well as those who need a higher level of skill are extraordinary.”

Juanita added: “Barbara has a positive attitude, because for her, nothing is impossible. She will find a way to completely take care of all the needs for our clients. Barbara is extremely patient with clients and our clients’ families, just everyone she meets. Families find comfort in knowing Barbara is with their loved ones, making sure they are safe and secure in the comfort of their homes. She always puts the best interest of others before her own needs. Barbara has a beautiful soul, and it shows in the tenderness and love she gives our clients.”

Barbara enjoys her clients. Her first two clients, a husband and wife, remind her of her parents. Most of the care is concentrated on the husband, who is on hospice and often gets tired because of his medical condition but is doing well. “I assist the wife with her husband, who is in a hospital bed but can get up. Sometimes I help with personal care,” said Barbara, who assists the couple three days a week.

The husband was the focus of a memorable day last July. He had gotten out of the hospital two months earlier. “He just got up on his own and wanted to go outside on his walker. He hadn’t done that for quite a while and surprised us because he had not talked about going out. He walked toward the living room window and then just did it – he went outside,” Barbara said.

“His legs were wobbly, and I stayed close by as he went down the steps and walked around the front yard. Then he wanted to sit down for a while, and I have a picture of him sitting on the front porch outside of his home. I felt like it was a big moment for him and me, as well as for his wife, who was happy. He was thrilled to have done it. He sat out there for about an hour because it took him a while to walk. It was a good day for it, because it was not too warm.”

Barbara has two other clients on Sunday, when her shifts stretch from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Friday mornings, Barbara assists another couple with responsibilities that include light housekeeping, grocery shopping and meal preparation. Interaction with her clients and the fulfillment that comes from helping them are two reasons why Barbara likes her job. “I enjoy my job. I miss elementary school, but I like working with seniors,” she said.

All Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about CAREGiver employment, please apply online call (806) 281-4663. For further information visit Home Instead Senior Care , or to learn more about the company's services link to a digital brochure at www.hisc510.digbro.com.

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