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...
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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