CAREGiver℠ of the Year Eva Nash’s heart for helping people was on display more than 30 years ago, when she turned down a generous raise at a law office to finish her college degree and embark on a 24-year education career as a kindergarten teacher.
During her years at the attorney’s office, where she had started part time during her college days, Eva had tried to leave. But she kept getting raises and praises as an office administrator who helped grow the law office from three lawyers to 12. “One day,” Eva said, “I thought to myself: ‘At the end of life’s road, what is the important thing I did in life?’ At the time, I had a passion for little kids.” To show their appreciation for Eva, the attorneys collected enough money for a going-away present to pay Eva’s final year of college.
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Mikaela enjoys her
part-time work as a CAREGiver and wants to continue, but she has reversed her
career path. “I thought I’d try being a CAREGiver. I love it, but I changed my
mind about nursing. I started classes for computer science at South Plains
College,” Mikaela said. Read More...
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.” Read more...
Gail found Home Instead Senior Care, an award-winning
franchise owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh. During her first tenure, which lasted
five years, Gail was honored once as a CAREGiver of the Month. She took a
year-and-a-half break and returned to Home Instead in October 2014. Read More...
her mother’s death, Shirley worked for about two months as a CAREGiver for Home Instead Senior Care® of
Galveston, Texas, about 50 miles southeast of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico.
But the Houston native packed up again and moved back to Lubbock in 2013 to be
closer to her oldest son and his family, which includes two grandchildren. In
Lubbock, Shirley found work as the house manager at a group home for three years.
Before moving from
California to Texas, she worked for about six years for a hospital and for
about three years in a skilled care facility. At the hospital, she would follow
up with patients who had been discharged but still needed care to get back on
their feet at home. Christine said she was happy to trade congested California
for West Texas and a move to the friendly Hub City. “I moved to a warmer state
that is a good place for me to take care of the elderly,” she said. “I want to
stay with Home Instead until I retire.”
earning a degree at Florida State University and before raising her family, Pam
entered a compassion career of helping people through social work, but they
were children and families, not seniors. Her work included Children’s Protective
Services, independent social work and serving as a day-care licensing
representative who investigated abuse and neglect in facilities and in-home
providers. Read More...
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.” Read more...
Helping the award-winning
franchise’s clients has been an honor for Debra and has provided many
highlights and memories during a 10-year career. “Working as a CAREGiver
fulfilled a need for me. It has made me happier to help people, and it has made
them happy to receive the help. With the clients, I am a friend because I have
a good rapport with them,” Debra said. Read more...
Dora said the ongoing education classes prepare CAREGivers so they will know what to expect. She added: "You can see how a particular challenging situation affects the client, you can understand it and you won't be shocked. With arthritis, I did not know there are five common kinds. It's shocking. Michelle Williams did an excellent job of presenting the Parkinson's and arthritis material as well as all other training classes. Read more...
Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said: "Sabrina has the kindest heart. It matches her kind demeanor, because she is a sweet person and CAREGiver." Juanita also repeated what Home Instead clients have told Sabrina, a community college student from tiny Dora, New Mexico: "Sabrina is a young person with an old soul." Read more...
said the key to winning over clients is patience, patience and more patience.
At facilities, she said, the CNAs are in a rush. “It’s usually two CNAs to 12
or more residents. It is like a fast-food place. They are on the go all the
time,” said Elena, who has worked off and on in senior care for the past 18
years. “I don’t like to be rushed because I am more of a one-on-one person. If it
were to be vice versa with myself, I would want someone to be patient with me.
A good example for me was my father. Dad was a good person who budgeted his
time well to take care of Mom and family.” Read more...
For the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh, Sherrie had worked weeknights just after joining Home Instead in June 2017. "Now I describe Sherrie as a 'weekend warrior,' because she works Saturdays and Sundays with our clients. The bottom line is, Sherri wants to make a difference in seniors' lives," Juanita said. Read more...
This is Sabrina’s second
stint with the award-winning franchise that’s owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh.
At her mother’s suggestion, Sabrina went online to search for home-care jobs
and found Home Instead Senior Care in 2013. She worked as a CAREGiver for six
months before she took college classes. Sabrina returned to Home Instead Senior
Care in February 2016, and she was honored in March 2018 as CAREGiver of the
Month. Read more...
who joined the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care franchise in January
2016, had not previously worked in professional senior care, but she had helped
a senior couple whose family she had known for a long time. Three or four years
ago, Linda’s mother made this prediction: “Linda, you would be the perfect
person to assist the elderly or handicapped.” At the time, Linda agreed and
thought to herself, “Well, I am a people-person.” Read more...
Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said: "LaSandra does put our clients first. She is an amazing CAREGiver who has a positive outlook on life and sees the good in all situations. LaSandra has a smile that lights up the room." Read more...
Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said: “It was easy to see where Anita’s daughter,
Diana, gets her sweet disposition. Anita enjoys working with people and has a
kind, warm heart; her outgoing personality brings joy to others. Anita is
proactive, and she anticipates the needs of our clients. Her calm demeanor
gives our clients the assurance she can provide all their needs in a
compassionate, loving manner. Read more...
enjoys going to church with the clients no matter where they attend. “I have
never turned them down on church requests. It also is my chance to get closer
to the Lord.” Further explaining her feelings, Annette said: “The elderly still
have rights, and I feel they must be respected. Even with dementia, they have
the right to be respected. They are still human beings, and we are commanded by
God to take care of them. They deserve to be treated well.” Read more...
Marylee began assisting her client after her husband passed away nearly
four years ago. Marylee was a comforting force – and continues to be – and
sometimes Marylee redirected a sorrow that welled up in the weeks and months
after the death of the client’s husband. “That overwhelming sadness has
subsided as the years have passed. Each day, I give her respect and dignity,
and allow her to have as much independence as she can safely have. Read more...
Not long after Debbie
became a CAREGiver, Debbie’s neighbor experienced a health decline and needed assistance
to remain in her home. “My longtime client and I feel as if God had set this
into motion. God knew she’d need help. Working for Home Instead is fulfilling,
and I enjoy helping people,” said Debbie, a Lubbock Independent School District
employee who did not previously have senior-care experience when she found Home
Instead through a friend who was a teacher and CAREGiver. In early August, Debbie
began her 12th year with the school district, a full-time weekday
job, and she works on the weekends as a CAREGiver. Read more...
found a good fit with the award-winning franchise owned by Tracy and Terry
Baugh. Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said: “Abbie is a sweet and kind young lady
who has embraced client care. She has a natural caregiving talent, and she is
intuitive to our clients’ needs. Abbie always has a smile on her face and
a kind word for anyone she meets. She truly has the heart of a CAREGiver
because she goes above and beyond the call of duty. Her demeanor is endearing.
You can see her genuine desire to be of help to others.” Read more...
Lucy took one client to her favorite steakhouse, the client noticed how
handsome their waiter was. While Lucy was engrossed with the menu, the client
made sure Lucy noticed the waiter. The client told Lucy: “You will miss
something if you don’t look up.” If that weren’t enough, the client shed her
filter completely, reached for the waiter’s face and mentioned that Lucy “was
available.” Lucy laughed and said, “I blushed. I had a matchmaker. She meant
well.” Read more...
A year after Anne's mother died at age 95 in 2012, Anne joined Home Instead Senior Care® franchise of Lubbock. This year, not long after Anne received her four-year pin, she was honored as CAREGiver of the Month by the award-winning franchise co-owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh. Read more...
like Randy also benefit from Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver training
classes for Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. In
addition, CAREGivers are versed in care for those with chronic conditions such
as arthritis, diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, depression and
weight-related issues. “One of the classes I recently completed was on
diabetes,” Randy said. Read more...
Linda said her focus on
Home Instead Senior Care’s training, processes and procedures of successful
caregiving have helped her. “It is rewarding in other ways that are bigger than
most people understand. The Home Instead Senior Care staff and CAREGivers are
like family. I have had other jobs, but I have never worked for such a loving,
caring company. They are on top of everything. When I first applied at Home
Instead Senior Care, I was so nervous because of my spoken English. I thought,
‘How will my interaction go with the clients?’ ” Read more...
Norma joined Home Instead
Senior Care of Lubbock in September 2014. By March 2017, she was honored as
CAREGiver of the Month for the award-winning franchise owned by Tracy and Terry
Baugh. Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said: “When Norma first came to Home Instead
Senior Care, she wanted only a few hours a week since she has a fulltime job.
As the years have passed, Norma has become one of our go-to CAREGivers because
she is so willing and ready to help clients when her hours permit.” Read more...
Karen Penkert is a goal-setter and has a passion for whatever she does. In her hometown of Miles, a three-hour drive southeast of Lubbock, she was a highly decorated high school student-athlete who earned four district and three all-state academic honors in volleyball, basketball, softball and track and field. When she graduated in 2014, she headed to Texas Tech University. Read more...
“Diana joined our team of professional CAREGivers in September 2015,” Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho said. “Diana is an amazing CAREGiver who has a positive attitude and sees the bright side of every situation..." Read more...
It is no surprise Tracy is partial to seniors because senior care was modeled by her parents. “They were that way. They helped the elderly when there was a need,” Tracy said. In addition to her upbringing and instinct, focusing on Home Instead Senior Care’s training, processes and procedures of successful caregiving helped Tracy achieve CAREGiver of the Month status. Read more...
Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator Juanita Camacho wasn’t surprised that Gloria was so accommodating. “Gloria has a positive attitude and has been a very committed CAREGiver for our company and our clients since she started in 2007. She always has a smile and a kind word to share with others, whether it be a client, the client’s family, a medical professional, another CAREGiver or a staff member,” Juanita said. Read more...
At Home Instead Senior Care, Helen discovered a Christian atmosphere and supportive ownership, as well as lasting relationships with staff, other CAREGivers and clients. “Office Manager Juanita Camacho is one of the staff members who has been there since I started, and it is a friendship of nearly 10 years I have really valued,” Helen said. Helen's Story...
While assisting three to four regular clients plus fill-in opportunities with others, Amanda’s responsibilities include meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, companionship, and transportation and errands. In addition to those services, Amanda and other CAREGivers offer personal assistance with eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, incontinence, cognitive impairment and mobility. By expertly doing so, Amanda not only assists her clients, but helps their families eliminate worry, reduce stress and re-establish personal freedom. Read more...
When CAREGiver of the Month Maude Oehlerking left Illinois and her stressful corporate world five years ago to move to Lubbock, she found friendlier surroundings, a fulfilling job, a promising new career possibility and a better climate for her husband’s health. Read more...
Biology/pre-med is Cooper’s major, with minors in chemistry and psychology. He graduated with highest honors when he earned an associate’s degree in psychology from South Plains College in Lubbock. “The change to psychiatry involves a medical degree,” said Cooper, who favors University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas when he leaves the Red Raiders’ campus. Read more...
Maureen’s first honor came in September 2014, almost nine years after her mother died. Maureen’s constant care had allowed her mother to remain in her own home. In fact, Maureen had even rented an apartment near her mother’s house to remain in close contact while still maintaining her own home. Read more...
Alesia Barr a couple of hours with a senior, and she’ll likely come away with a
detailed list of what makes him or her tick. And then Alesia goes to work
pleasing people. That’s why she was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for Home
Care® of Lubbock just six months after she
started with the award-winning franchise owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh. Read more...
seven years before she retired from teaching, Eva found another passion –
senior care. “I needed extra income and wanted weekend work,” recalled Eva, who
joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock in January 2006. “I enjoyed working on
Friday nights and Saturdays with Home Instead Senior Care until a client died
in early 2013, so I took a break from it.” Read more...
And it’s no wonder
why Catherine was honored as CAREGiver of the Month at Home Instead Senior Care® of
Lubbock. She had found God-given talents of hospitality, companionship and
service, attributes that served her well later during a lifetime of helping
people. Read more...
Award-winning CAREGiver Mary Soliz wants the best for her clients. On
some days, it’s smooth sailing; other times, not so much. But Mary said
she’s been blessed by every client. Mary's story...
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