October 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Eva


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Eva Mixes Humor, Empathy to Help ClientsCAREGiver of the Month - Eva

Eva Nash meets each challenge with a little bit of humor. Or a lot of humor. Or by offering a soft shoulder and comforting words. Just whatever it takes. That’s why, for the second time since April 2016, Eva has been honored as CAREGiver of the Month at Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock. Said Eva, “I try to read my clients. I observe where they need help and how I can do that. I try to see what they like, what they want to talk about.”

One client has “a selective focus” when it comes to accepting a helping hand. Eva tells it straight: “She doesn’t like a lot of people. She has told some folks: ‘I don’t know you — you cannot stay.’ I have had no issues with her. I use humor a lot or joke with her to redirect the negativity if it comes up. Only once since we’ve been together has she gotten mad with me.”

Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho knows why Eva is accepted by all who know her. “Eva is a true gem. She never worries if the client will like her or not. She has a positive attitude and knows all will work out for the best. She serves with grace and gives without expectation. Eva sees the good and positive side of everyone she meets and believes there is good in everyone.”

Eva works with two 24/7 clients during overnight shifts while occasionally taking some fill-in shifts. “It feels good to be with both clients. I’ve had one client longer, since 2016. She is in her 80s. There is confusion and some forgetfulness, which is not unusual for seniors. Sometimes I try to remain silent or go to the kitchen instead of allowing her to engage me in discussion in the wee hours when she should be trying to sleep. To disengage in those situations, it allows her to try to sleep. After dawn, there can be lots of conversation,” Eva explained.

“A physical therapist comes to the house to try to help her with chronic leg pain. She can stress a lot sometimes while coping with leg pain, and that’s understandable. She begs God to help her with the leg pain, and I do all I can to try to take her mind off it.”

Eva also assists a client who has had Parkinson’s disease for a while. “I think she does well. She sleeps OK most of the time, but occasionally she’ll get up at 1 a.m. and wants to make coffee or look through her Rolodex. I am a standby assist, and I often remind her to use her walker. She has a friendly dog named Alex, an older pet that requires attention. I take him out a couple of times a day,” Eva said.

Juanita knows that Eva does everything she can to help a client, pointing out: “Eva is amazing. All of our clients love having Eva care for them. She enjoys bringing happiness to our clients and their families. I believe her outlook on people and life is what makes her an extraordinary person. Eva is intuitive and picks up on cues from our clients that help her provide the highest level of care. Eva also has the highest level of integrity. She is committed to caring for our older adults.”

Eva joined Home Instead Senior Care in January 2006, seven years before she retired from a 24-year kindergarten teaching career. Eva recalled: “I needed extra income and wanted weekend work. I enjoyed working on Friday nights and Saturdays with Home Instead until a client died in early 2013. Then I took a break.” Eva retired from teaching in December 2013, the year her 90-year-old father passed away. In October 2015, she called the Home Instead office because she wanted to resume her CAREGiver duties.

Asked about her future, Eva said: “I am not looking at any personal deadlines, a finish point or retirement. This is working well for me, and I feel good. Maybe later I’ll re-evaluate. As far as this fall has gone, I’ve had family things I wanted to do on Fridays, and Home Instead has been flexible about allowing it. For instance, I have a nephew who is a high school football star as a senior. Since I didn’t get a chance to see him play in 2017, I wanted to watch him this fall.”

Juanita said: “It is a joy to have Eva, who is a wonderful person all around. It also is an honor to call her my friend, alongside with many of our wonderful CAREGivers. We are truly blessed to have Eva on our CAREGiver team of professionals.”  

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​​.​​​​

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