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We are thrilled to introduce our
2017 Lubbock CAREGiver of the Year​!

Marylee Shields

CAREGiver of the Year Marylee Shields points to an extensive family caregiving background as good preparation for her job at Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock, which she strongly views as a mission.

"My husband and I took care of my mother-in-law, who had Alzheimer's, without help from anyone else, so I had had plenty of experience with dementia care. We also took care of my husband's brother, who died last month at 59. He had Down syndrome. While providing care for them, God gave me a perspective or preview of being a CAREGiver," said Marylee, whose husband Rodney is a retired pastor. Together, Marylee and Rodney spent 10 years overseas as church missionaries. Read more...

May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Elena

May 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Elena

Elena 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...


April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Sherrie

April 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Sherrie

​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...


March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Sabrina

March 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Sabrina

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...


February 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Linda

February 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - Linda

Linda, 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...


January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - LaSandra

January 2018 CAREGiver of the Month - LaSandra

​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...


December 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Anita

December 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Anita

​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...


November 2017 CAREGIver of the Month - Annette

November 2017 CAREGIver of the Month - Annette

Annette 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...


October 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Marylee

October 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Marylee

​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...


September 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Debbie

September 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Debbie

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...


August 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Abbie

August 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Abbie

Abbie 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...


July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Lucy

July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Lucy

When 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...


June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Anne

June 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Anne

​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...


May 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Randy

May 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Randy

CAREGivers 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...


April 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Linda

April 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Linda

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...


March 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Norma

March 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Norma

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...


February 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Karen

February 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Karen

​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...


January 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Diana

January 2017 CAREGiver of the Month - Diana

​“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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Tracy

CAREGiver of the Month - Tracy

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Gloria

CAREGiver of the Month - Gloria

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Helen

CAREGiver of the Month - Helen

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Amanda

CAREGiver of the Month - Amanda

​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...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Maude

CAREGiver of the Month - Maude

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Cooper

CAREGiver of the Month - Cooper

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Maureen

CAREGiver of the Month - Maureen

​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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Alesia

CAREGiver of the Month - Alesia

Give 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 Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock just six months after she started with the award-winning franchise owned by Tracy and Terry Baugh. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Eva

CAREGiver of the Month - Eva

In 2006, 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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Catherine

CAREGiver of the Month - Catherine

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...


CAREGiver of the Month - Maureen H.

CAREGiver of the Month - Maureen H.
When you tie her favorite quotes and “coincidences” together, it’s easy to see why Maureen Hill is an award-winning CAREGiver for Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock.
 
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  ― Confucius
 
“The choice to have a great attitude is something nobody or no circumstance can take from you.” ― Zig Ziglar. Maureen's story...​

Caregiver of the Month - Willie Ann

Caregiver of the Month - Willie Ann
Out of anguish and sorrow came something good for Willie Ann McDougle. Twenty-eight years ago, she helped her siblings take care of their mother, who passed away in 1986 because of cancer. Now she is an award-winning CAREGiver for Home Instead Senior Care® of Lubbock. Willie Ann's story...​
 

Caregiver of the Month - Silda

Caregiver of the Month - Silda
When award-winning CAREGiver Silda Santos returned from her granddaughter’s high school graduation in San Antonio, her 93-year-old client pointed a finger at Silda and said, “Please never leave me again.” Silda's story...​​​

CAREGiver of the Month - Dolores W.

CAREGiver of the Month - Dolores W.
“Dolores is a kind and soulful spirit. She comes into a room, and you can’t help but smile. Her heart just pours out the humanity.”
–  Juanita Camacho, Home Instead Senior Care office manager

Award-winning CAREGiver Dolores Walton wasn’t going to let her client wallow in despair when he started to speculate about his future.
 
The client’s sister had Alzheimer’s disease and didn’t realize it, and the client was heartbroken over the ordeal. Dolores's story...​​​

CAREGiver of the Month - Martha D.

CAREGiver of the Month - Martha D.
A Bible verse sums up award-winning CAREGiver Martha Davila’s seemingly preordained role with her client. Martha has seen the effects of Parkinson’s disease firsthand for the past 15 years because her husband has it. So does Martha’s 82-year-old female client. Martha's story...​​​

CAREGiver of the Month - Jonathon M.

CAREGiver of the Month - Jonathon M.
Jonathan Murray will graduate from Texas Tech University in May with a mathematics degree, and he’ll be tested for his proficiency in actuarial science, risk management and other math-related career areas later this year when he takes a series of national exams. Jonathon's story...​​​

CAREGiver of the Month - Marla E.

CAREGiver of the Month - Marla E.
Looking for someone to give an honest opinion? Usually there is no doubt where a senior stands.
 
“My client likes me,” said award-winning CAREGiver Marla Elliott, who paused and giggled. “Well, she would tell me if she didn’t. Marla's story...​​​

CAREGiver of the Month - Mary S.

CAREGiver of the Month - Mary S.

​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...​​​


CAREGiver of the Month - Suzanne M.

CAREGiver of the Month - Suzanne M.
​Award-winning CAREGiver Suzanne MacDonald’s job sometimes provides an intriguing window into the lives of her parents.

The Lubbock native celebrated her third anniversary last month with the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise of Lubbock. A few of the franchise’s clients knew her parents. Her mother, Ann, passed away in 1988, and her father, Pat, died in 2001. Suzanne's story...​​​

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