Five years ago, Casey
Tucker got her first real taste of senior care when she lived with her great-grandfather
for six months. “We were pretty close. He was in his 80s and primarily had to
have help with showers, medication reminders, meal preparation and
companionship. Those are some of the needs I have met for seniors as a
CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care® since I joined the
company seven months ago. After I started helping him, Mom moved here and began
assisting him. Things were going OK until about three years ago,” Casey
Sadly, Feb. 1, 2015, is a
day Casey will never forget. “It was a shock when my great-grandpa died
unexpectedly in the hospital. He was supposed to be coming home in one more
day,” said Casey, who later worked for about a year at a memory-care unit. She
watched as her sister joined Home Instead Senior
Care® of Victoria a little more than two years ago and worked
off and on for owner Stephanie Niles’ award-winning franchise. In January 2017,
Casey’s mother became a CAREGiver.
In September 2017, Casey
joined the Home Instead Senior Care franchise. Casey, her sister and their
mother are on the 24/7 team that helps a client in Palacios. “We really don’t
see each very often because of the different work shifts. When we’re together,
we won’t name the clients because of privacy rules, but we’ll tell each other
about the good days we have,” Casey said.
“I love my job and I love
working with seniors and their life stories. The office is great, and the staff
always responds when you need it. There are good communications. I have a
family that includes six children, and the job fits with my family
responsibilities. Home Instead is flexible so I can be involved with my kids in
their school, dance, baseball and other activities. Melissa, the trainer, and
Emily, the scheduler, are good,” Casey said.
She took off a couple of
months last fall to take CNA preparatory classes but has not yet taken the
state exam. “Home Instead Senior Care training is good, and it touches on the
same things that I learned in the CNA classes. With those classes, I got
additional knowledge to supplement what I do.”
Casey has four regular
clients — all women — and a full work week that includes day and night shifts.
“I feel pretty good about the clients,” she said. “Two of them are primary
clients, and the others are 4- to 5-hour shifts.”
Casey said her most
memorable days with the clients have been ones in which they are on the move.
“I take one client walking around her neighborhood, weather-permitting. We
interact, we talk. She grabs my hand. She’s a pretty easygoing client. She is
challenged by the loss of her short-term memory,” Casey said.
“Another client is in a
wheelchair. It makes her day if I take her outside. She loves to count the
birds. She will stay out for a long time if the weather is nice. It’s great to
see her enjoy our time together outside.”
Home Instead Senior Care’s guiding
principles are also emblazoned on its employees’ hearts: “CAREGivers
demonstrate their commitment to their clients by honoring God in all they do;
treating their clients and their families with dignity and respect; embracing
personal growth to continually improve the quality of their care through
franchise training; and building value in their service to others.”
Overall, for the international company that was
founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Paul and Lori Hogan, Casey is among more
than 70,000 professional CAREGivers. They rate their employers highly. Forbes’
third annual “America’s Best Employers” list honored Home Instead Senior Care
as one of its best employers for 2017.
Home Instead ranks 78th
on the list, which was generated using anonymous feedback from employees at the
nation’s top employers. Companies on the Best Employers’ list range across 25
industry sectors – from government services to retail to healthcare. While the
2017 list featured a variety of healthcare companies, Home Instead Senior Care
is the only provider of home care services for seniors.
All Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about CAREGiver employment, please apply online or call 361-433-0330. For additional home care information visit Home Instead Senior Care.
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