Ask award-winning CAREGiverSM Nilofar Hussain Ahmed for her life’s philosophy, and she does not hesitate.
“I have an open house with an open heart and mind,” said Ahmed, who since April has worked for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City and Sugar Land. “I will go anywhere, any place in all of the world, to help my senior.”
The CAREGiver of the Month is doing just that, scheduling a trip to her native Pakistan on Oct. 7 for a 25-day stay to help her mother-in-law, who was admitted to an intensive care unit on Oct. 1. Home Instead’s job flexibility has allowed her to take time off from her three regular clients and still return to her job after Oct. 31.
“One of my clients said, ‘Please don’t go,’ and it tugged at my heart, but she also understands what I must do at this time in my life. I also will be happy when I am reunited with my clients and the office staff,” said Ahmed, who has lived in the United States for the past 20 years.
“I look at this employment with Home Instead as if it is God’s work, and I hold it quite dearly to my heart. But when my mother was going to be with Allah (God), I did not have a chance to take care of her. I was here in the U.S., raising my family,” Ahmed added.
“I love Home Instead, and the office staff members are my buddies. Greg Gomez-Mira (franchise owner), Destiny Wesley (staff coordinator) – all of them – are sweet people, and respect me and help me. They have a lot of patience. This work with Home Instead is challenging and gives immediate feedback. I hope I can continue to work better and better.”
Wesley said Ahmed has had “a tremendous impact” with the franchise. “She has helped me a lot as a replacement CAREGiver,” Wesley said, “and boy, I tell you, every client likes her.
“Reports are that Nilofar is so pleasant and sweet, and very much in control. Nilofar is always willing to help where she can. She has a big heart and is very meek. Nilofar is a very hard worker. Her journey as a caregiver is very touching and inspiring.”
Her family caregiving experience went into overdrive six years ago when her youngest son became disabled as the result of a car accident. “I began taking care of him, starting from when he was first in a nursing home,” she said.
It’s not hard to see that Ahmed is motivated by her spiritual life through her Muslim faith, and she said it has shaped and influenced her life’s work to be compassionate and help others.
“We rely largely on our faith to guide us through the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Every faith and denominations tells us to take care of the elderly and those who are unable to care for themselves,” Ahmed said. “We also must do this since we perhaps will get there ourselves one day. We need to instill in our children the virtues and values of helping others.
“My faith is my building bridge that helps me through my everyday tasks. Faith is the building block of our life, but we as humans have withdrawn from it. It is clear that our culture is built around the parameters of our faith. I was born as a human, after that I am Muslim. I respect all faith, all religions because all religions and faith teach us the right path, humanity and respect.”
She said caregiving requires lots of patience and an attitude of respect, and she works with mentally and physically disabled people as well as seniors. She appreciates the level of care and family involvement she sees with many clients. “Any time family is involved,” she said, “it makes both mine and the clients’ situations comforting.”
Recalling a specific situation, she said, “I had a hospice client who was suffering so much that it was hurting not only her, but all of those around her, too. On her last day, I just prayed to God when I was with her, ‘Please, God, make it easier for her.’ Not too long after I had prayed, she died. I hugged the family and told them their faith would guide them through this difficult time.”
She said she has one hope for her future: “I wish I could help all of the world, those who are abused and ignored, and those who have no help available to them. I appeal to my fellow brothers and sisters, whatever faith they have, to join us with these goals.”
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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