Shun Jackson began babysitting at age 8, and she has been taking care of people
ever since. Now she has been formally honored as an award-winning CAREGiver
for the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Houston, Bellaire,
Missouri City and Sugar Land.
"I took care of everyone in the neighborhood, it seemed. It was all kinds
of caregiving," said Shun, who has been a CAREGiver for nearly 7½
years. "We had a blind lady in the neighborhood, and I would go grocery
shopping for her. It is something she needed, and something that gave me joy.
Another senior loved one, my grandmother, had a special bond with me, and she
instilled a whole lot of faith in me."
A neighbor told Shun about Home Instead in 2006, and the franchise and its clients
have benefited ever since. Franchise Staff Coordinator Destiny Wesley said she
has been blessed to know Shun and doesn't stop singing the CAREGiver's praises.
Destiny also shared a story about Shun's caregiving, revealing that one of her
longtime clients died on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. "The client had
moved around a lot in the last six months. Wherever the client went, Shun was
there," Destiny explained. "Her client's family loved and respected
Shun so much that when the client started moving, they would say, 'Anytime Shun
can come is fine. We love Shun, and Mother will just be happy to see her.' Shun
played a role in her client returning home shortly before her passing."
That client holds a special place in Shun's heart because she was concerned
about Shun's spiritual life when they first met almost four years earlier. "She
came right out and asked me if I was saved. Of course, my Christian faith means
a lot to me and I told her that," Shun said. "She never let her health
problems get her down. When she received her final serious cancer diagnosis,
she told me, 'That's OK. We already have won the battle.' I get attached to
my clients, and her death is the sad part of caregiving. But I am not worried
about her; I am happy for her. Things moved on God's time, not ours."
With the client, Shun said she did a lot of praying and Bible study. Her client,
Shun said, was concerned about living with a righteous attitude. "She told
me as the end drew near for her that she needed to repent. Her favorite Bible
passage is Psalm 23, and I would say that it is mine, too. She told me, 'Everyone
you come in contact with, tell them about the Lord. Stir up the fruit.' "
The CAREGiver of the Month's special skills didn't go unnoticed by her children,
who picked up on her passion to help others. She has a daughter in college who
is headed to medical school to become a doctor. "I have a son who is going
to become a registered nurse," Shun pointed out.
Since caregiving brings more joy than anything else she has done, Shun said
she expects to stay with it long after she turns 46 in January.
"None of my clients has been difficult. I have gotten along with every
one of them. My clients are family. I like being someone who encourages my people.
Comforting them on a daily basis makes me feel good. My client who recently
passed away told me that I was part of her family. And she pointed at me in
front of her family and said, 'She's the best.' They told me later that they
agreed. I keep in contact with them."
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