"Let's Make a Deal"
Award-winning CAREGiver Inez Randall knows that game, and she giggles when she thinks about it. No, it's not the TV game show that debuted in 1963 and featured Monty Hall. Inez is a participant in a version of "Let's Make a Deal" that the 82-year-old client has originated.
Whenever Inez makes a grocery run for the husband and wife clients, the man begins dealing. "If you pick up this certain brand of soft drink," the client promises, "I will take my shower."
So the soda pop - in moderation - has become the proverbial "carrot on a stick." "Well," Inez said with a sigh, "it does take quite an effort to get him into the shower. The soft drink makes it easier, but I don't pick it up often because he's not supposed to have a lot of sugar." Instead of relying on bribery, Inez's winsome ways get the job done. So it's easy to see why Inez was honored as a CAREGiver of the Month for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City and Sugar Land.
In spotlighting Inez, Staff Coordinator Destiny Wesley said, "Inez joined us on Dec. 16, and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our team. She is a very mild-mannered woman, very humble and down to earth. The best part about Inez is that she is willing to learn. She also doesn't mind bargaining with her client to get the result desired."
In addition to the special brand of soft drinks, the client likes to pick out pizza and asks for grocery surprises. "He good naturedly says, 'Surprise me, 'Boss Lady,' with something good when you come back,' " Inez said. "I know he's really pleased if I bring back cinnamon rolls, but I don't do it often because of the sugar. He'd eat pizza every day if he could get me to fix it, but we also don't do that."
Like companionship, errands, transportation, light housekeeping and medication reminders, Inez's meal preparation is important and is actually a safety issue. "The client has left the oven on and attempted to use unsafe settings on his microwave when he tries to do it himself," Inez said, "so I've convinced him that I'll take care of the food."
Her job is a welcome change from her 35-year career with a major telecommunications company. "In my other job, I was seeing the doctor for stress-related ailments and illnesses, and I was on medications. I had to get away from that. A CAREGiver's job is more meaningful. This is exactly the kind of job I wanted," Inez said. "I also want to know how to take care of my mom when that time comes. She is 79, lives alone in Louisiana and is good health now."
Destiny, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Stacy McClennon and franchise owner Greg Gomez-Mira make up a good management team that looks out for her, Inez said. "I enjoy working for them, and the training is informative. I am looking for extra hours, and they try to provide them with fill-in shifts. I think it all works out well.
"I had assisted family members when they returned home from the hospital but had never previously worked in professional senior care. I was not sure what I would be up against when I joined Home Instead, but I enjoy it."
Inez, a woman of faith, said her job has provided a measure of peace in her life.
"Every morning before I go out, I pray, 'Please, God, give me the strength and courage to help make their day as good as possible,' " she said. "My life is much more peaceful now that I am with Home Instead. It has been years since I've had this much peace."
Home Instead CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, provide a variety of non-medical services to help keep seniors independent. For inquiries about employment with Home Instead Senior Care, please call
713-774-2215 or email Recruitment and Retention Coordinator
Stacy McClennon. Home Instead also accepts
online CAREGiver applications.
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