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Rosilia Follows a Strong Caregiving Tradition

You might say that taking care of others is in Rosilia Thelus’ DNA. She always helped when there was a need because that’s how she was brought up in Cap-Haitien, known as Le Cap, on the beautiful north coast of Haiti. 

Rosilia brought that compassion to the United States with her in 2004. Now she is a CAREGiver of the Month for the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City and Sugar Land and is owned by Greg Gomez-Mira. 

Rosilia’s sister-in-law, Ayma Thelus, was the franchise’s CAREGiver of the Month in July 2014. “This honor for Rosilia does not surprise me – I have known Rosilia since we were growing up as young girls. This is her true heart,” Ayma said. She and Rosilia attended College Adventiste du Cap-Haitien, a school that is like an American equivalent of a combination of a senior high and a junior college. 

Rosilia, who joined Home Instead Senior Care 3½ years after hearing about the franchise from Ayma, seemed a little surprised that people are honored for taking care of seniors. “If someone needed help in my country,” Rosilia said, “we would take care of them. I love to do it, and I have been doing it for a long time. I took care of both grandparents, but my grandfather is gone now.”

Rosilia, who worked in a skilled nursing facility for about six months, earned her CNA license in 2010 and still holds it, although it is not a requirement to work for Home Instead Senior Care. 

Rosilia’s responsibilities include meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, companionship, and transportation and errands. In addition to those services, Rosilia and other CAREGivers offer personal assistance with eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, incontinence, cognitive impairment and mobility. By expertly doing so, Rosilia not only assists her clients but helps their families eliminate worry, reduce stress and re-establish personal freedom.

“Rosilia has been doing a terrific job,” Staff Coordinator Destiny Wesley said. “She is such a joy. She is very quiet, patient and kind. Rosilia is a soft-spoken woman with a big heart.

“The best compliment that I can give her is that she is a hard worker. She stretches beyond her limitations to help me when I am in scheduling binds, but more important she does it for her client. She is truly the ideal employee, and we are happy that she chose Home Instead Senior Care as her place of employment.”

Rosilia has three children – two girls and a boy – who are all in school. Because of her family, Rosilia likes the flexible scheduling she can request with Home Instead Senior Care. She works two hours in the early mornings and four hours in the evenings.

Rosilia has one regular client, who is confined to a wheelchair and has dementia. Sometimes she has to use her intuition in figuring out how to best assist her client. “When she doesn’t talk,” Rosilia noted, “I know there might be a problem because she is a pretty good friend. 

“Despite the unpredictability of dementia, I know how to take care of her and make her happy. It is important to see how she is doing immediately when I arrive in the morning. When she wants to go out, I can take her to the store. We have a pretty good routine going. In addition to fixing her meals and cleaning, I wash her clothes in the morning and put them in the dryer at night when I come back. I know sometimes she’d like me to stay longer in the evening.”

While Rosilia’s client likes her, Rosilia also enjoys working for Home Instead Senior Care. “There are good people in the office,” she said, “and the training is outstanding. I am happy with my situation. This is quite a country. When I came to America, I went to Houston, got my additional education and found work. My family is comfortable, and we also go to Haiti every year. This is a fine life.”

Home Instead CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, provide a variety of companionship 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 at Home Instead also accepts online applications to become an in-home caregiver. For further information about the company, visit Home Instead Senior Care, or to learn more about the company's senior home care services​, view our digital brochure.​​


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