Question: Rose Ruley, what is the best thing about being a CAREGiver?Rose: “My client herself. I love my client – she is just like a dear aunt. My client is a little piece of heaven. She’s a warm, compassionate person who has been a continual blessing.”Award-winning CAREGiver Rose’s client is just like a family member. On second thought, scratch the words “just like.” There is no simple way for Rose to explain how she feels when she ends a six-hour shift with an 86-year-old widow who has come to depend on the emotional and physical support from a CAREGiver with whom she has established deep bonds during the past two-plus years. “My client is as much therapy for me as I am for her. I am at my best when I am with my friend. I am a happier person because she is so sweet, kind and generous. Receiving a CAREGiver of the Month honor for my time with her seemed surprising in a way because my happiness with assisting her is a reward in itself,” said Rose, the February CAREGiver of the Month.Rose was honored for the second time during her career with Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage. Her first award came in November 2012, three months after she started with owner Stacee Frost Kleinsmith’s franchise. Her commitment to Home Instead and its clients has always been consistently rock solid. Rose is with her client from Sunday through Friday, plus some Saturdays. Like many seniors, she often has to be persuaded to keep drinking fluids. The client sometimes does not sleep well at night and would prefer not to exercise or go outside her house even in the summer months. Her interest in arts and crafts is waning. But overall, Rose thinks her client is doing as well as could be expected. “My client remembers her childhood and her time as a young wife and mother,” Rose said. “I am selective in meal preparation and try to follow recommendations that promote healthy brain function. We do some mind games. She will exercise if I encourage her, so I exercise with her. I believe in stretching, and she does incredibly well with that. In her youth, she trained as a gymnast. In a typical yoga move, she can get both feet up on top of her legs and sit Indian style. I can do only one. Our major course of exercise is walking, which is what the family wants most.”In addition to the client, Rose can’t say enough good things about the client’s family. “They are so attentive to her. Her daughter is fantastic – she is special, smart and loving. My client also has the sweetest son, and he lives in the Pacific Northwest of the Lower 48 States. He is a giving, caring son who has always been known that way,” Rose said. “Her daughter checks on her every day. She also does her shopping and takes her to doctors’ appointments. Her daughter communicates really well. If I don’t like how my client is doing or feeling, I am always welcome to call. “If her daughter goes on vacation, I am happy to step in and help. When she asks for extra help, I never turn her down. My client is uncomfortable around other people she doesn’t know, and I don’t want to put her in that position.”Rose’s self-sacrifice speaks volumes about her character, Front Office Manager Rose Marie Holliday said. “Rose has a beautiful personality and is very charming,” Rose Marie said, “and she enjoys caring for our client and the family adores her. Pointing out Rose’s penchant to want the best for people of all ages, Rose Marie said: “Rose was highly successful when she cared for children for 5½ years in a daycare business, and she switched it around to caring for seniors and has been with Home Instead ever since. “Rose is steady, always on time and accommodating to the families for whom she cares. What is also interesting is that Rose is very talented artistically. She calls it ‘doodling,’ but I call it art. She often uses that skill to draw in her clients, too.” Quoting others who chimed in on the CAREGiver’s behalf, Rose Marie touted Rose’s other strengths: “A good listener who gets along with all kinds of personalities. Kind. Cordial. Compassionate. Just very loving in general. Patient. Hard worker. Quick learner. Enthusiastic. Enjoys art, crafts and gardening.”As her client’s only CAREGiver, Rose hopes to stay with her client as long as possible. “I would hate to lose my client, but I think that’s something that is far, far away. I kid her that she will have to live to 120 so that I can retire at 90,” Rose said. “I was lucky to get her for a client. I have always been happy to be with her, and we developed a very good mutual friendship.” Home Instead Senior Care 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 907-277-4663 or email recruiting and retention coordinator Katharine Wien at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about the company, visit http://www.homeinstead.com/637 or to learn more about the company’s services link to a digital brochure at http://www.hisc637.digbro.com.
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