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Challenges Are No Problem for Renette

None of award-winning CAREGiver Renette Sampson’s shifts is ever the same.

Case in point, the following three examples:

  • She has been asked, “Why didn’t God take me when He took my husband?”
  • Renette has gotten the most out of her somewhat limited Spanish skills (“un poquito”), vast caregiving wisdom and an uncanny ability to read body language to help a 90-something client who can’t speak a word of English.
  • On one morning, another client suddenly decided she no longer liked scrambled eggs. “No problem,” said Renette, who went to option No. 2 like an NFL quarterback and whipped up a tasty toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich that filled the bill and brightened the client’s day. 

“I love it, Home Instead and the clients. That’s my life, caring for people. There are really no hard days,” Renette said.

Change-of-direction, staying-on-her-toes, improvising-adapting-overcoming – Renette knows all of those caregiving strategies and puts them into practice to put smiles on her clients’ faces. That is why Renette is a CAREGiver of the Month for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City and Sugar Land, and is owned by Greg Gomez-Mira and staffed by Destiny Wesley and Stacy McClennon.

“Renette is quiet and down to earth, but she has a sense of humor that shines through – we just love her smile,” said Destiny, the franchise’s staff coordinator. “Renette is a hard worker and is always willing to help if she can. Every client with whom she has worked really likes her and we hear about her in the office. Because of this, we want to thank her for a job well done.”

Renette said the CAREGiver of the Month honor “was a real surprise because I had been with the franchise only five months.” Renette had worked for seven years for another home-care agency when she decided to make a change and applied online to join Home Instead.

“I am treated really well at Home Instead Senior Care. I haven’t had any other jobs where they treat you like family like Home Instead does,” Renette said. “They like to joke about things in an appropriate way and are serious about other things when they need to be. Our meetings are never boring. There is humor, lots of humor. Destiny, Stacy and Greg are great.

“Training is good. We discuss things that needed to be brought up, and we can ask a lot of questions. Home Instead updates you about what you need to know. The office also understands when trouble comes and tries to work through it with you.”

A former 64-year-old client called Renette “the ‘Top Dog’ of all caregivers,” loved Renette’s ways and smile, and promised Renette that she’d be back soon after a relative changed her care plan. Renette and Home Instead took the senior care shuffle in stride.

“My client said, ‘I will fight to keep you.’ She loved me very much. I did have a good connection with her, and we were together five days a week for a month and a half,” Renette said with a sigh. “That comment made me feel good. I had to carefully watch what she would eat. I would prepare three meals a day for her.

“Actually, food came into play with my Spanish-speaking client – we are good together. The family has had a hard time getting him to eat. I have suggested pudding and chicken broth, and going slow with the food. It is working.”

The big question is: Facing the various challenges that include differences in cultures, religion and meal preparation, how does Renette get everything to work for her?

“The key is learning as much about your clients as you can. You figure out how to spark a conversation, communicate or find out what they like to eat,” said Renette, who started with Home Instead on May 5. “It is fulfilling when I first start out with a client, and he or she is grouchy before getting to know me. I try hard to learn all that I can about the client.”

And to know Renette is to love her.

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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