None of award-winning CAREGiver Renette Sampson’s shifts is ever the same.
Case in point, the following three examples:
“I love it, Home Instead and the clients. That’s my life, caring for people. There are really no hard days,” Renette said.
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.
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.
Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.
Each Home Instead Senior Care franchise is independently owned and operated.