Staff Coordinator Destiny Wesley was trying to explain a highly unusual situation: An 82-year-old client’s condition improved so much she no longer needed help – from anyone.
“CAREGiver Julieana Ekezie is so good that, while taking care of one of her very first clients, the client got better and better, and then didn’t need service,” Destiny said with a huge smile.
Some would call it a miracle.
When Julieana was assigned to the client who had suffered a stroke, franchise owner Greg Gomez-Mira told Julieana her new client probably would not live longer than another five days. “Nobody thought she would make it,” said Julieana, a CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City and Sugar Land.
After four months with Julieana, the client resumed her normal daily routine – alone and thankful. So what happened? “She has a lot of faith in God, and so do I,” said Julieana, who has been a CAREGiver since January 2014. “When I first met her and we talked for a while, I took her hand and said, ‘I think I can tell that you believe in God – is that right?’ She said, ‘Yes.’ So we prayed together, and within 10 minutes, I could tell that her whole situation changed.
“I thank God for that. It was not me. She’s now walking on her own, and I worked with her a lot. I helped her get up on her walker and get going. The family told me, ‘God sent you, Julieana.’ They called all of their other family members and told them about it. I was getting a lot of ‘thank-you’s,’ but I told them to thank God and not me.”
Julieana’s client might not be an isolated case. When she was working in a Houston hospital, many patients told her, “You are so different – I am feeling so much better. You are an angel.” Julieana said: “It would overwhelm me and make me cry. I just touched them, held their hand, and I think they felt God’s healing power in one form or another.”
What was Destiny’s view of the situation?
“Julieana is a gem,” Destiny said. “Julieana is a God-fearing woman who has an enormous amount of compassion that we all ought to have and show for people. She is an excellent CAREGiver who is one of our top CAREGivers for dementia clients. Julieana is a very attentive CAREGiver, and our clients just take to her.”
There might be another miracle around the corner for Julieana and a new client, who has dementia. “I actually help both a husband and his wife. Mentally, he is fine. His wife does have dementia and is not friendly, but I have been with them only three days,” Julieana said. “The situation appears to be difficult just from the first look, but I have seen this sort of thing before. Right now, I am not going to force the issue except to keep her safe and try to meet her needs.
“She just needs a little bit of love. I don’t think she understands what is happening to her as the dementia progresses. I always say nothing is impossible with God. I thank Him for putting me in this situation and pray that I can help them both.”
Julieana, a naturalized U.S. citizen, came to America from Nigeria in 2001 and immediately became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked in a nursing home and in a hospital before finding Home Instead Senior Care.
She had scheduled three weeks off with her hospital employer because of the death of her father in Nigeria, but was forced to extend her stay with her family to five weeks. When the award-winning hospital CNA returned to America, she found that the hospital did not keep her job open. “I just could not come home when I wanted,” Julieana explained, “and I told them that, but things worked out as they did. I think it is how God wanted it.”
Everything in her life has happened for a reason, Julieana said, and she also points out that “maybe later God will reveal to me why things are taking place as they do. I pray and fast and ask God for answers. I do love working for Home Instead and with my clients. It gives me joy to work with everyone, and everything has fallen into place very, very well. At some point, I would like to go back to school and become a registered nurse. I know God will order my steps – I believe in Him.”
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
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