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Victoria CAREGivers gather supplies in the franchise’s conference/training room to take to their families.

A tradition of great caregiving means that we take care of our own as well as we take care you and your family. Home Instead, Inc. recognizes regional CAREGivers of the Year and one special CAREGiver who shows exceptional dedication is the recipient of the national award — The Mary Steibel CAREGiverSM of the Year Award.

This program inspires CAREGivers to strive for excellence. It creates a sense of pride and rewards their hard work, compassionate care and service to others.

HISC Victoria's 2015 CAREGiver of the Year

Joe Hernandez

CAREGiver of the Year Joe Hernandez has a home, but he spends a good deal of the time at his client’s house, and he believes that is where he’s at his best.

My home might be a bit of a mess. But I work hard at keeping everything in order at my client’s house. I sleep at my home, but I feel as though I live about a mile away from it – at my client’s acreage,” joked Joe, who assists the client and his family on behalf of Home Instead Senior Care® of Victoria.

Ask the client’s family, and they explain that Joe was grafted into its clan more than 18 months ago. Joe’s client, once a vibrant, strapping do-it-all cowboy businessman, is mostly confined to his bed, recliner or wheelchair because of a dementia that continues to erode his health and has robbed him of his ability to communicate. But Joe understands him as well as anyone. “It’s his eyes. And when he gives me that smile,” Joe explained, “it just makes my day.”

The client’s condition worsened earlier this year, and he went into hospice in March.

“He has pretty much lost the strength in his right arm, and his legs are so wobbly. I wish my client was more active, and we could do more together like we used to. He used to walk through the home and knock things around. I’d have to clean up after him, but I would prefer to have that happening than his current condition because he gets very little exercise now,” Joe said with a sigh. “He is basically bedridden, but I move him to a wheelchair and then to a recliner on occasion. Because he still gets agitated, I have to situate him in the recliner a certain way or he will hurt himself. It can be a lot of work, but it is all worth it.” Read more...

CAREGiver of the Month - Deborah

CAREGiver of the Month - Deborah

When Deborah moved back to Edna – the Jackson County capital that’s 100 miles southwest of Houston – she wanted to care of her mother. “Mom is 90 now, is sharp as a tack and is doing reasonably well,” Deborah said. “It’s funny — when I graduated from high school, she wanted me to go to nursing school. So, I did — for three days – and then quit. I took one look at the large medical words and got a little intimidated. Now I wish I had stayed in nursing school.” Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Tammy

CAREGiver of the Month - Tammy

“My kids and my grandkids are my life, and the Home Instead office knows that. On Dec. 13, my daughter gave birth to a beautiful 5-pound, 3-ounce daughter, who is my 12th grand baby. All 12 grandchildren are within 10 miles of where I live.” Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Diana

CAREGiver of the Month - Diana

“When I was 16,” Diana recalled, “I worked as a private-duty caregiver for friends of my mother and grandmother.” Later, Diana also served as a family caregiver for her ailing mother and stepfather, who both died five years ago. Both were diabetics – Mom had heart problems as a result, and my stepfather had to have a leg amputated. I lived with them for three years before they passed away.” Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Bertha

CAREGiver of the Month - Bertha

Bertha never forgot the experience of helping her mother. “I see caregiving as treating the client as if they were family. You assist them like you would want your family to be treated. It’s the Golden Rule,” said Bertha, who has three to four regular clients and works every day of the week except Sundays. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Victoria

CAREGiver of the Month - Victoria

Victoria, who had worked as a home health hospice caregiver in Jonesboro, Arkansas, for several years, found Home Instead Senior Care after moving to Victoria last year to live with her elderly mother and joined the franchise in September. “I learned a lot in the hospice job and knew I could take that knowledge with me to my next position,” Victoria said. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Rita

CAREGiver of the Month - Rita

Rita has never been frustrated by any client’s words or behavior because, as a seasoned and trained senior-care professional, she had seen it before. Instead, she treated her client, who was in his 70s, with the dignity and compassion he deserves. When he refused to shower, Rita assisted him in cleaning up as the opportunity presented itself and when he allowed it. Some days, he refused to eat until Rita gently persuaded him. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Maricruz

CAREGiver of the Month - Maricruz

Maricruz laughed when she recalled a situation that called for a calm demeanor. “One lady client had accepted the fact that she could not drive, so she wanted me to drive her car while taking her along for an errand. Well, everybody is used to her own car, and I am no different. While I was getting a feel for her car, I tapped the brake pedal a little too hard when we were pulling out and gave the car a little bit of jolt. My client looked at me and said with a smile, ‘Oh my. Maybe I should be driving.’ I said, ‘I am sorry. I am used to my own car.’ Things went smoothly the rest of the day, and the client was happy. She got me to drive her everywhere,” Maricruz said. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Yolanda

CAREGiver of the Month - Yolanda

For the past three months, Yolanda has been working overnight shifts to assist a dementia client who lives with her husband. “I reintroduce myself every night, but I am a familiar face to her. She’s a really happy lady. She has already eaten and is getting ready for bed when I come in. I engage her and chat about how her day has gone, and I tell her I am there to help her. She doesn’t talk a lot, but she responds to questions. She mentions playing the piano, which she apparently does during the day. My duties are to keep her comfortable and help with personal care, and she needs to be turned every two hours. She’s all right with that,” Yolanda explained. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Sabrina

CAREGiver of the Month - Sabrina

Sabrina is a good match for any client, especially those with dementia. She worked for six years at a memory-care unit in El Campo. She took off time to be with her family before re-entering the workforce with Home Instead Senior Care in April 2016 after hearing about the franchise from an aunt who has worked for Home Instead Senior Care since 2013. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Jasmine

CAREGiver of the Month - Jasmine

​“To overcome her anxiety,” Jasmine explained, “I get her dog, the house key and take the client out to my car. I drive around the block and return to her house. She recognizes the outside of her house, and when she sees it, it’s like hitting a reset button for her. She knows she is where she’s supposed to be, so we go back inside. She says, ‘I am back home.’ ” Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Joella

CAREGiver of the Month - Joella

​CAREGiver of the Month Joella Coone came home from a shift with her 88-year-old client, turned on her TV, sat down and started watching a football game. She caught herself, laughed and said: “Why am I watching football?” The answer was simple. A client has ignited her interest in sports, particularly football, baseball, golf and all things Texas A&M Aggies. “I never watched sports in my life before I started working for Home Instead Senior Care®,” joked Joella. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Alicia

CAREGiver of the Month - Alicia

​Alicia continued to assist her mother for about 10 years when she wasn’t in school. Her mother, Alicia said, raised her to be responsible. “My mom is the biggest influence in my life,” she said. Alicia, who recently was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior Care® of Victoria. Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Kimberly

CAREGiver of the Month - Kimberly

​Four years ago, when Kimberly’s grandmother was 79 years old, she was taking care of an infirm senior. Now at age 83, Kimberly’s grandmother is undergoing dialysis, but she still drives and lives in her own home. She took care of her husband, who had heart problems, until he died in 2006. ​Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Hannah

CAREGiver of the Month - Hannah

​To help her mother, Hannah took a training course from the University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center to learn how to assist with certain daily medical activities and procedures, including IV administration involving her mother’s PICC line. “I was eager to help in any way I could. Mom was my role model and imprinted on me. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Edith

CAREGiver of the Month - Edith

As part of her own personal faith journey, Edith has taken turns with Perpetual Adoration at St. Philip Catholic Church in El Campo, where she lives. Edith knows Highway 59 well – with Home Instead Senior Care, she assists with clients who live in towns up and down the freeway corridor from Wharton to Victoria. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Stephanie

CAREGiver of the Month - Stephanie

Stephanie Ortiz is a rapt audience of one for a client who practices her weekly Sunday school lessons on the CAREGiver of the Month at Home Instead Senior Care® of Victoria. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Monica

CAREGiver of the Month - Monica

“Mom remembered him, and he had a brother in her grade,” Monica said. “My client was one year older than Mom, but they were in the same rural school. He even wrote a story about going to the school. ​Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Michelle

CAREGiver of the Month - Michelle

“It feeds my soul,” the CAREGiver of the Month said. “I love it. At the end of the day, I feel as though I’ve accomplished something. I receive fulfillment from being able to take care of people who need the help.” Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Maria

CAREGiver of the Month - Maria

Maria’s creative and bold companionship aspect of care is one of the reasons why she was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior Care® of Victoria less than five months after joining owner Stephanie Niles’ award-winning franchise office just a six-minute drive from the mall. Read more...


CAREGiver of the Month - Linda

CAREGiver of the Month - Linda

​Award-winning CAREGiver Linda Gonzales heard the phrase over and over at her clients’ family reunion and never grew tired of the introduction. It was music to her ears. Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Tammy

CAREGiver of the Month - Tammy

​Tammy Wild has experienced the highs and lows of caregiving, and the highs far outweigh the lows. “I just love my job, and not many people can say that. Most people just tolerate their jobs, but not me – I enjoy it,” she said. Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Fred

CAREGiver of the Month - Fred

​CAREGiver Fred Kaspar, a man for all seasons, left this corner of Texas too soon. Many people, young and old, will mourn his unexpected passing for some time to come, but they’ll also be hanging onto the multitude of smiles and great memories that Fred created.  Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Frances

CAREGiver of the Month - Frances

Award-winning CAREGiver Frances Barbontin peered out the window at the driving rain and wondered aloud about her upcoming drive on U.S. Highway 59 from her client’s house in Goliad to her home in Victoria. “I’ll bet the water’s pooling up again on some of the low spots. I hope it’s not too bad tonight,” Frances said, perhaps a bit too loudly. Read more...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Joe

CAREGiver of the Month - Joe

​After nine months with the client and his family, CAREGiver of the Month Joe Hernandez feels a loyalty and devotion to them. "I do what I've got to do," Joe said, "to help the client and the family." Read more...​​​


CAREGiver of the Month - Jesica

CAREGiver of the Month - Jesica

​Jesica's compassion for seniors is on display in hospital and their homes. Read more...​


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