of the Month Margret Stevenson and Home Instead Senior Care® of
Lubbock are trying new technology to help their clients, experimenting with an enhanced-care
device called the GrandPad®. “It’s
a good deal. It’s up to the family because some clients can’t comprehend it,
but that’s not the case with my client. Actually, it might be good for most
clients,” Margret said.
said her 80-year-old client always has been interested in the GrandPad and never has turned down an
opportunity to use it. She was the franchise’s first CAREGiver to use GrandPad.
“I brought it into his home on his birthday, July 24. We took pictures of
cupcakes and a bouquet of balloons,” said Margret, who noted the client keeps the GrandPad in his home.
listen to Christian music on the GrandPad, so that’s one great GrandPad use as
far as the client is concerned. The GrandPad also can access Bible verses. The
client, who was a church deacon and sang in his church’s choir, prompts me
about the GrandPad and asks, ‘Where’s the music?’ The GrandPad is worth the
time, and we spend a lot of time on it.”
the GrandPad, the widower can do an activity. “I call Susan at the Home Instead
office for a daily activity, and she programs it. Also, we go through new
pictures and medical news. Family pictures are loaded on the GrandPad by the client’s son. His son sent a lot of
vacation pictures, and we went through them,” explained Margret, who had no
problems using the GrandPad. She already had her own tablet, laptop and iPhone.
has been made available to six CAREGivers and their clients at no extra cost,”
said Tracy Baugh, who co-owns the award-winning franchise with her husband
Terry. “The technological innovation comes with features for connecting clients
with their loved ones – but without the complicated features of other tablets.
The large buttons and intuitive interface make the device a simple tablet for
seniors who want to start video chatting and sharing memories with family and
friends. The tablet comes with essential apps seniors can use to connect with
loved ones or pass the time with popular games and customized music.”
Margret’s client, sometimes there’s nothing like going straight to the Good
Book. “He’s really into reading and studying the Bible. There are a lot of
study marks in his Bible, and I read Scripture to him. I usually pick one verse
and see if he wants me to continue. He has a Bible-themed calendar and flips to
the date. He reads the Bible verse that corresponds to the date and says
‘Amen.’ ” Margret said.
and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho: “Our sweet Margret
is so amazing and has many qualities that contribute to being a great
CAREGiver. She is compassionate, caring, warm, loyal and trustworthy. She is a
nurturing person, and this powerful characteristic allows her to build strong
relationships with clients and their families. Margret communicates well with
co-workers, staff, clients and families. She always has a kind word and a
smile to share with whomever she meets. Margret treats everyone with the
highest degree of dignity and respect.”
Margret joined Home
Instead Senior Care on Nov. 9, 2016. In 1999, she retired from hospital work
after 21 years of service. Margret was a CNA, starting at a new hospital in
1979. She went to college for nursing for two years but left school when her
mother got sick. “I worked in every part of the hospital, from ER to OB and
pediatrics. I was a tech in labor and delivery at another hospital. That’s my
life – helping people,” Margret said.
Margret paused her Home
Instead employment to take care of her husband, who successfully battled
prostate cancer. Her husband, originally from Bryan, Texas, was on vacation in
Lubbock when he first met Margret. After they married, they settled in Lubbock.
“My daughter followed me to Home Instead Senior Care and spent about a year as
a CAREGiver. She now is a trainer at the Lubbock State School. My granddaughter
worked for Home Instead Senior Care in Fort Worth. So, Home Instead has been an
important part of our family,” Margret pointed out.
Juanita, when announcing
Margret’s October CAREGiver of the Month honor, said: “Margret goes above and
beyond to make sure our clients receive the best possible care and the family
has peace of mind. “Margret continues to show
compassion, dedication and excellent work ethic. Margret truly represents Home
Instead Senior Care with her commitment and dedication to our clients and our
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