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CAREGiver of the Month - Shun J.

Honoree Learned Caregiving Skills Early


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.

  • "Shun goes above and beyond for her clients even when it is inconvenient for her."
  • "If she is unsure about something, she will pray about it. As much as Shun is spiritual, she is also funny."
  • "Shun's word is her bond. She is straightforward, but she has a gift of knowing when and how to say something. She has grace and uses it liberally."
  • "Shun is her clients' biggest defender. When she sees mistreatment or a facility that does not meet her high standards, Shun takes immediate action."

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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