seniors believe CAREGiver of the Month Cary Pate wears a Superman cape. In one
instance, he wasn’t performing a feat for a client when he stopped a runaway
car at a sprawling care community campus parking lot. In the right place at the
right time, Cary stepped in and helped in a potentially dangerous situation.
Cary was walking toward a dining facility to meet his 87-year-old client, he
noticed an older woman trying to stop her car. She’d gotten out but left the
car in gear. The car knocked her over and kept rolling toward a row of
independent-care houses. As the slow-moving vehicle bumped up against a high
curb, Cary saw his opportunity to stop it. The front wheels climbed the curb,
and the car rolled to a stop on the edge of a thick lawn. Cary jumped in,
thrust the gear shifter into park and called 911 for the driver, who was not
humble CAREGiver took his usual “aw-shucks” approach to the outcome. “I
considered trying to get in it while it was rolling, but I decided against it,”
he said with a wry smile. Cary, a twice-honored CAREGiver of the Month during
his five years with the award-winning Home Instead
Senior Care® franchise in Lubbock, is known for his
amazing ways of turning around a difficulty into something good for his
just try each day to give the clients the best day they can have. I get a lot
of fulfillment and satisfaction from feeling as if I am helping seniors out,”
said Cary, who joined Home Instead Senior Care in September 2014. “I see the
challenges and understand what seniors go through. I hope only that someone
will help me someday with the same understanding and patience. As I get closer
to that time, age-wise, I have even more empathy. I can relate to the clients.”
mind always has been in the “help mode” when it comes to his relationships. As
a professional educator, he taught agricultural classes for eight years. He
also was a roofing company owner and later a maintenance director for two
senior facilities, in addition to being a home handyman who focused on
assisting seniors with fix-ups and remodeling.
and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said Cary clearly carries out the
Home Instead principles of “Build Trust, Take the Lead and Share Your
Heart.” Juanita said: “He is an amazing CAREGiver who goes above and beyond
for our clients. Cary has a caring and compassionate heart, and he enjoys
hearing the stories our seniors share. Cary likes to be outdoors, and our
clients truly enjoy going out, maybe to have coffee with friends or just to see
their land where they formerly farmed and raised livestock.”
helps three regular clients. One has late-stage Parkinson’s disease and Lewy
body dementia, is wheelchair-bound and can no longer speak. “The main objective
with him is to get him out and stroll around to give him a change of scenery.
When there is music playing somewhere in his care community, we go over there.
When we see a group of people out playing dominoes, we head that way and
watch,” Cary said.
going out is something that breaks his routine and brightens his day. I try to
give him something he can enjoy because his world is so limited because of the
Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia. He can’t walk at all. I’ve been with him a
spends 23 hours a week with another client, an 87-year-old man with dementia.
Cary began assisting him about a year ago as the client’s first CAREGiver. “He
remembers me now as ‘Corey,’ and I do not correct him. His dementia has
progressed, and he’s more confused. When I am there, he still functions OK
because I can gently direct him,” Cary said.
some ways, he’s still independent. He can shower, but I get everything ready
for him and provide a standby assist. He has trouble with dexterity, and I
shave him. He needs a lot of assistance getting dressed and with medication
client remembers his wife died two years ago and handles it well. “He wants to
stay independent as long as possible. He has no other assistance other than
from Home Instead. His brother and daughter handle management of his care, and
I work well with them,” Cary said.
attitude is great, consistently great. He is very pleasant. We are good
friends, and I enjoy working with him. His mobility for his age is good — most
people at his age are affected more. He walks without a walker, and we try for
good exercise. His daughter recently set him up with physical therapy, so he
goes to an exercise class several times a week. He mainly just tries to walk,
and it feels sometimes as if I am trying to keep up with him,” Cary said
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