In good times and bad, award-winning CAREGiver Diane L. can’t wait to let her light shine so that everybody – including her clients – can feel her warmth and compassion. “To be honest, I came to believe I have this job by divine appointment. God gave me an opportunity to show His love as a CAREGiver,” said Diane, who joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Lancaster County on Oct. 1, 2013, after being one of many who lost their jobs at an area medical facility because of layoffs. “God had intervened in my life with other challenges and tests before I took this job. All of my challenges have made me open my eyes to God and His work. When life throws me curves, I say, ‘I have decided, Lord, that I won’t feel sorry for myself. You created me for good things.’"
The Lord immediately served up a doozy of a curveball after Diane became a CAREGiver. She drew a male client who was challenging – at least at the start. Diane never gave up and won him over with kindness, love and compassion that even the highly successful former businessman admitted he had seldom seen in his 91 years. “An act of kindness is the most important thing, most wonderful thing in life,” she said. “God taught me the deep lessons of the love of Christ by sending this client to me. God challenged me to grow as a person. The client is bitter with life, but I thought, ‘I am going to give him back to the office. I will love him in his meanness.’ I hung in there with him. One thing I have within me is that I don’t run from challenge,” Diane said. “He is a private man, and I respected that. He just didn’t want to talk at first. I thought he was a very vulnerable man, physically and emotionally. His mind is still alert. He is an independent man, but his condition was such that he needed help with personal care.
Eventually he became one of my best clients and a friend. He opened up with me. He cried, and I did, too, when his family decided last summer to put him in a nursing home for reasons unrelated to the care he received from Home Instead Senior Care.” The once-difficult client told her, “Diana, you have changed my life. You give 100 percent for me.’ Diane, drawing a big sigh, said, “I did not know I had made such a big impact. It all points to the fact that I make sure I am alert with my task and focus with a client. Senior life is very fragile, physically and emotionally. We were sad to lose each other. He hugged me, which was very unlike him. It was a sad day for me.”
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