Mary Obisesan's client summoned the award-winning CAREGiver with important news.
The client told Mary: "I am having my daughter draw up the papers."Mary: "What are those papers?"The client: "We are adopting you."Mary: "Great! Now I will have a client who is my grandmother, too!"The client and her daughter alone can provide a number of good reasons for Mary's CAREGiver of the Month honor at the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City and Sugar Land. There are plenty of others. Staff Coordinator Destiny Wesley offered these superlatives:
"My dad's inspiration, compassion and emphasis on good, honest work are what keep me going. He was never hard on us kids – he wanted us to have a good life. He said we could do that by working hard and being dedicated to our jobs. He gave me that drive to try to excel at what I do," Mary said. "I love how Mom influenced us, too. They are really proud of us, of course, and are proud that I was honored as CAREGiver of the Month."The seeds of senior care were planted at an early age for Mary, who was 7 years old when her father began taking her and her older sister to a nursing home on Sunday afternoons as he ministered to the residents and preached a message. Mary and her sister sang, and it made for some lasting memories for about three years while the family shared their faith.
"I didn't understand then how much our singing was impacting the residents exactly," Mary recalled, "but yet I knew our singing was making them happy and it also was making me happy.
"An elderly woman used to wait at the door for us to arrive. She would welcome us, and give us a big hug and a piece of chewing gum. It felt great. Because of being in a nursing home when I was that young, I never was afraid of seniors. Many young kids are, and that's unfortunate."Mary's sister went on to work for Home Instead Senior Care in the Rogers, Arkansas, area for several years before pursuing her CNA license and working in a skilled nursing facility. "She told me about Home Instead Senior Care and how much she really enjoyed it," Mary said. "When I went on my job search here in Houston, I found the office and saw the familiar logo, so I knew it was a quality senior-care provider."
Mary, who moved to Houston in March 2014, knows she has found a good match.
"The staff is nice. They are always there for me," Mary said. "I love my clients, and I like to make them smile. I have always been that helping kind of person. It is part of me. I love it when I succeed in giving someone a brighter day. Seniors have given us so much that I love to give back to them. Of course, there are ups and downs with clients."One of the many "ups" is Mary's 94-year-old weekend client, who welcomes Mary into her home from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. "I take her to church," Mary pointed out. "My parents raised us in the church and faith is important to me, so it feels good to get my client to her services. After church, we go to the same restaurant. It means a lot, and it gives her something to look forward to."
Mary turned a "down" into an "up" on a recent weekend when the air conditioner broke at her client's house. "I got her wheelchair," Mary said, "and we headed to the mall. We went window shopping and ended up in a Christian bookstore for quite a while. When the air conditioner was fixed, we headed home. It was quite a trip, and I think she wants to head back to the bookstore."
Mary's comfort level is high with all of her clients. "One of the other clients wants to get out all the time, so we go for groceries, to the farmers' market, to the nail and hair salon. She has two cats who love me and greet me at the door every shift," Mary said. "This client is like the others – she worries about me and wants to make sure I am comfortable. I always have to tell her that I'm there to help her and not the other way around.
"My third client is really sweet, very appreciative and thanks me all the time. She's big on puzzles and word search. She loves to sing and is pretty good, too. She must know all the songs from "The Sound of Music.'
Like Mary's clients, Destiny doesn't stop singing the praises of her CAREGiver: "Mary is a wonderful addition to our Home Instead Senior Care family."
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