Jasmin: I have always loved caring for others! A close older relative of mine once told me that my heart was meant to care for others and is a true gift of mine. I make sure the time that I spend with others is very special. I love Extended Family Home Care and what they stand for! They encourage you to build relationships and to go above and beyond to provide exceptional care for every client. I not only see this as a profession, but as making a difference in other’s lives.
Kamryn: My passion for caregiving started in 2012 when I started my first job as a caregiver in an assisted living facility. Since then, I have worked in assisted living, memory care units specializing in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care , and home health. I absolutely love what I do! Caregiving has taught me so many important life skills and I love going to work each day. I have a strong devotion to the families I work with and love forming personal relationships with the client to make sure they are happy, comfortable, and enjoy their time spent with me. I love working with Extended Family because of the respect and dedication they show their clients and caregivers.
Susan: I began my caregiving journey five years ago when my sister needed care after a cancer diagnosis. My first experience with caregiving outside my family was one of the most impactful and touching experiences – a dear 85-year-old lady with dementia. After a long career in the business world, I can sincerely say nothing has been more fulfilling than caregiving. I feel very privileged to provide an ear, a caring heart and physical support to those that need it.
Nikki: I have always been a caregiver from the time I was young. I looked after my younger brother and sister who were substantially younger than me. The turning point in my life however, was the illness and passing of my grandfather. Going home to Michigan and seeing the man that was always so strong, confident, and independent, to now being in a position to need so much help was devastating. All I wanted to do was provide him with the same nurturing care that he’d given me my entire life. He deserved to leave this Earth with respect and dignity and that is what I give to each client that I see. Being in a position to share someone’s life experiences…their stories… while giving their family the peace of mind that they’re being authentically loved and protected is truly priceless.
Michelle: I’m from a small town in Wisconsin and grew up on a farm with my three siblings before I attended UW-Madison. I am currently in an MPH program at CU Anschutz. My desire to enter the medical field has led me to want to gain a more personal experience caring for people. I believe I have the love and patience it takes to care for and interact with others in a way that makes them feel comfortable and supported!
Sheena: In 2009 I worked in a home care office and shortly after I began working in the field as a caregiver. I have been a caregiver over eleven years and I find this work to be very rewarding. I absolutely love the work that I do! I help my clients to feel more safe and comfortable, supporting them physically, mentally and emotionally. I really enjoy the time I spend with each client. I am currently pursuing a nursing program as it’s my dream to become a nurse and help as many people as I can.
Isabella: I am a U.S. Navy Veteran. I was a firefighter on the USS Monungahela. Even though I have not served in the military for many years my passion for serving others has never diminished.
Being a caregiver has been so fulfilling. It doesn’t feel like work to me, more like visiting a friend. I have gained wisdom that you can only get from somebody more seasoned in life.
Besides caring for my own grandparents who struggle with dementia, I also volunteer at the VA whenever possible. I spent a lot of time there growing up caring for my grandfather during his battle with cancer. I learned a lot about being selfless, respectful, and compassionate.
Since I became a caregiver I have received training and certifications in First Aid and CPR, Elder Care, and Dementia Care/Alzheimer’s Care. I treat my clients with the utmost respect and dignity and their comfort and happiness is my priority. My favorite thing to do is cook from scratch. Watching somebody eat food I have prepared makes my heart swell. I am Italian and my family still lives in Bari, Italy. I put love in everything I cook. I enjoy cooking a variety of food.
Dona: I have been in the medical field for over 40 years! I worked as a ward clerk at a local hospital and as a Certified Medical Assistant for a very busy Orthopedic Clinic. My many years as a MA have helped me be an exceptional caregiver. I personally cared for my 87-year-old father for several months before his passing in 2017. Caring for him was so rewarding, it brought us closer and I will cherish those memories the rest of my life.
Jesse: I am currently pursuing my dream to become a registered nurse. Extended Family has been a joy to work with because I am able to surround myself with clients that have become like family. Knowing that I am lending a hand in allowing seniors to remain in the safe-haven of their homes has been extremely rewarding. I am so thankful for my interactions with our amazing clients that have brought so much value to my life.
Kylie: Growing up I have always loved caring for and serving others, and seeing the difference I can make in their lives. I started my caregiver journey 5 years ago in Memory Care, which holds a special place in my heart. I knew I always wanted to be in the Health Care Field, and that has led me to Senior Care. As much as I help the people I care for, they have helped me as well. I love listening to their stories about family and how they grew up. I took a little time off from caregiving after having my son and missed it so much. I am so glad to have found Extended Family Home Care and to continue my caregiving experiences with such an exceptional company.
Angela: I have always had the need to provide nurture and comfort. While caring for my grandmother, I learned about the importance of bringing comfort and dignity to our elders. I have found my niche in life and enjoy learning about all the wonderful, sometimes hard lives, my dear elders have lived. Anything I can do to help make one’s life a little brighter and a little less strenuous, makes me feel wonderful. I love knowing I have positively impacted other’s lives.
Toyya: I was born in the small town of Atchison, Kansas – the home of the famous pilot Amelia Earhart. I have 1 son who is my world and am the 6th born in a family of 7. I cherish my family and friends and I love to help people. I was led to caregiving after my nephew was born with Cerebral Palsy. We were blessed to have him for 12 years and through that I found a love for helping my sister in her difficult time of need and it carried on with me from there. As a caregiver I am someone who truly understands that physical bodies do naturally deteriorate over the aging process and most will need help at some point in time. Myself, being a caregiver, will experience both sides of life’s coin and sympathy is recognized. I understand through my experience with family and past clients, my ability to act when needed, show caring, concern and a willingness to help clients see another productive day sets me apart but I hope that all those in the healthcare field practice the same.
Mirjana: After I graduated college, I spent several years working in customer service and sales. Even though I had a good job, it felt like something was missing. Eventually I realized that I wanted to do something that really helped others. I became a live-in caregiver for a disabled ALS patient. I ended up loving it! I feel so blessed to be able to spend every day giving dignity and kindness to those who need help.
Linda: I am from Nebraska where I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Respiratory Therapy. I love people from all walks of life and find enjoyment in helping others meet their needs while making their lives easier and more fulfilling. I am someone who is reliable and responsible, intelligent, personable and happy. I have been impacted by experiencing the care given to a few close friends and family members. My grandmother, who suffered from dementia, was given the most amazing care at a nursing home which was special to witness and lead me to want to give that same quality of care to those I work with.
Megan: The journey to becoming a caregiver has been the most rewarding path for me. It was not something I chose, I truly feel the job chose me. When I was young I always cared for my great grandmother after school. She suffered from ovarian cancer and some days were better than others. I truly enjoyed the times we had together and making light of hard situations. A good laugh can heal a lot of pain. Towards the end of her life she expressed to me how grateful she was that I was there and just the laughs alone meant the world to her. That was the day I decided I didn’t want any elderly person to go unassisted or without humor and fun. The clients I have end up being like a part of my family and I’m so grateful that I able to be apart of theirs. We are all living out our lives each day and I’m so blessed to be able to help ensure the quality of life never digresses. The smiles for me are everything!
Carly: I grew up in Southern California and am working towards my goal of achieving my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. I have worked in an assisted living community, providing direct care to the residents and fell in love with the special care that I was able to give them. I want every client to be cared for the same way I’d want any loved one to be cared for, with compassion and respect. I think my naturally caring personality has made me a strong caregiver.
Emily: I started working as a caregiver in college, and 10+ years later, haven’t been able to kick the habit! There’s nothing quite as rewarding as the smile on a person’s face when they see you walk in for the start of a shift or sharing their joy when you help them accomplish something they’ve been working toward. I also love to stay busy–cooking and baking, planning out home improvement projects or just going out for walks.
Destinee: Being a caregiver means being present, in the moment with the person I’m caring for, being an “extended family” member, remembering to ask the little things, being open, positive, respectful, honest, and caring. I have a bachelor’s degree in Family Services and Gerontology. I love working with families and the aging population. I’m open and honest and always ready to help. I’m respectful and positive. I listen well and understand different perspectives.
Aeryn: I am from Colorado Springs and recently moved to Denver to attend nursing school. My long-term career goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner and specialize in dermatology. I enjoy reading, walking, listening to music and I have always found joy in helping people. I find the ideal caregiver is one capable of tackling any task the client needs, someone who is patient and takes the needed time to really listen.
Chaunte`: I have been going to school, in hopes to receive my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing because taking care of others is a passion of mine. I started out as a family caregiver when I took care of my grandmother which had a huge impact on my life. Doing small things to help others can make the greatest difference and showing someone your passion of caring for them when they need you the most has made a difference in me.
Angela: Taking care of my own relatives led me into the caregiving field. I love working with the senior population. I am very patient, have a good sense of humor, a happy spirit and am always willing to do whatever is needed to help support my clients. I consider my clients part of my family. I have over twenty years of experience working with seniors that have varying degrees of dementia. I was impacted and drawn to caregiving when I observed the lack of care provided to those residing in nursing homes. I am very grateful to provide one-on-one care to clients that need it. It is wonderful to help keep seniors in their home, allowing them to age in place.
Sennen: I began caregiving by helping my mother as a young teenager when she was suffering with arthritis in both of her knees. Later in my life, my older sister, my best friend, was diagnosed with cancer and I helped her during her recovery from her brain surgeries. My mother always said that I was a little caretaker from the time I could walk. I feel empathy and very privileged to be able help someone in need and make a difference in someone’s life.
Melissa: I am originally from Columbia, MO. I moved to Denver about four years ago to be closer to my sister. I have been a CNA for the last twenty years and I love caring for others! I love spending time with my five children. I took a health related professions class in high school and this is when I knew I really wanted to care for others. I cared for my grandparents when they were dying of cancer and Alzheimer’s. The feeling you get from knowing you’re appreciated is what keeps me going. I have compassion, empathy, dependability, patience, and understanding for my clients.
Joyce: When I was young, I wanted to assist others. I was influenced by Florence Nightingale and my mother who was a registered nurse. I feel it is beneficial to all of us to assist those who need extra care. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and my Master’s in Clinical Psychology. I look forward to working with families and their loved one’s in their homes and being able to provide a more individual and one-on-one support that Extended Family Home Care offers.