Sadie: My experience as a caregiver began three years ago when I randomly responded to a job ad for a small, family-owned assisted living in Fort Collins. I learned so much about kindness, empathy, and patience from that family and the eight women and men that lived there. Ever since then, my life has been shaped by the every day interactions I have with my amazing residents. They inspire me with their compassion, determination and sense of humor and my goal in providing care is to give back to them what they have given to me. I aspire to maintain their quality of life in whatever way that I can and hopefully bring a little joy to their day.
Morgan: I have always had a desire to make a career out of caring for others. My mother is a nurse and I grew up around her patients, and always admired the difference she was able to make in their lives. I am a compassionate and empathetic person by nature, and have no problem connecting with people from all walks of life. The most rewarding and fulfilling thing for me is when I am able to make another person’s life easier or more pleasant, and I hope to continue that in my role as a caregiver! I have a son and an awesome finance. In my free time I enjoy camping, hiking, reading, doing yoga, and traveling. I also love animals of all kinds and have a passion for plants and nature.
Susan: I began my caregiving journey five years ago when my sister needed care after a cancer diagnosis. It was a humbling experience to care for her and one I wouldn’t hesitate to do again. I wanted to continue with this rewarding work. A friend who is an RN asked me to fill in for one of her non-medical patients while she was undergoing an operation. My first experience with caregiving outside my family was one of the most impactful and touching experiences – it was with a dear 85 year old lady with dementia. She had been a volunteer with the Peace Corps and a teacher. She had the most heartwarming stories and every visit with her opened my heart and mind to her amazing life! She is the reason I decided to devote myself to caregiving.
Since then I have worked with clients that have Parkinson’s, dementia and other various physical limitations. After a long career in the business world, I can sincerely say nothing has been more fulfilling than caregiving. I feel very privileged to be a caregiver and provide an ear, a caring heart and physical support to those that need it.
Amber: I still cherish the memories of a lovely woman I cared for several years ago. She loved sharing with me the names of flowers while taking walks together. She loved sharing stories about her family and I enjoyed listening as she recalled many wonderful memories. I especially enjoyed helping her with watercolor. She no longer had steady hands, and being an artist myself, we were able to paint together by her doing a lot of the more broad work and then directing me on painting the more detailed parts. I’m very patient, empathetic, and respectful. I enjoy working with people in need of assistance and companionship. I’m so excited to create many more memories and thank you very much for this opportunity.
Tina: My love for people is founded on my grandmother; her heart is huge and never too full. She inspired me in so many ways over the years. I strive to help others and believe it to be one of the most self-fulfilling things we can do. A great caregiver is patient, understanding, caring, and has the ability to understand another’s needs. I possess these important traits and provide my clients and patients with the best care I possibly can. I really enjoy caring for others and It’s the least I can do to repay all the selfless people who have cared for me throughout my life.
Madeleine: Ever since I was young, I have always found great joy in caring for others. I am a truly empathetic and compassionate person that is excited to dedicate my life to helping others. After assisting a woman who was developmentally disabled, I realized my passion for caregiving and my interest in studying psychology. I am currently pursuing a degree from the University of Colorado and hope to earn a Masters in Clinical Social Work. Some qualities I find crucial in caregiving are patience, dependability, and trustworthiness. I hold all of these very close to my heart. When I’m not caring for others, I enjoy bluegrass concerts, hiking with my roommate’s dog Lilly, and fly fishing up in the beautiful Rocky Mountains!
Emylea-Rose: I have a love and gift for service of others; whether it’s humans, animals, or plants. In all of my day to day activities I find that I receive the most satisfaction when I’m assisting others in some way. Whether it’s help with daily chores, organizing, or just a friendly ear to talk to, I put my best effort in everything I do! My passion for caring for others began when I was a little girl. My grandmother had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and was confined to a wheelchair. She had no use of one of her hands, or either legs; yet she was absolutely one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. My favorite part about her visiting was the one-on-one time that I spent with her. I love asking questions and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes; especially eyes that have seen this beautiful world go through so many phases. Being a caregiver to me is so much more than just a job. It’s about doing something that I’m passionately GOOD at, something that brings my heart joy. I’m an avid go-getter and love being put on projects! As a mother myself, I definitely know how important it is to ensure that all who are under my care are safe, happy, loved, and know how grateful I am to be of service to them!
Lauren: I love what I do and caregiving is very rewarding. I am working toward my degree in Nursing. I see the brokenness and despair in the world and caregiving makes me feel like I am doing something to help. I have worked in a long term care facility with a focus on mental impairment. I’ve worked with various stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. I’ve worked with children and young adults with mental impairment. I love the work that I do and am patient, kind, understanding, knowledgeable, strong, and compassionate. I have a very maternal and have a gentle attitude toward my patients. I like to be knowledgeable about my patients and their conditions. I like to take care of people like they were my own family.
I decided I wanted to become a Nurse/caregiver when I was 13. My younger cousin was diagnosed with cancer. The Nurses that worked with her and our family made me want to be them because of the compassion and care they showed her and our family in the roughest of times.
Jesse: Extended Family has been a joy to work with because I am able to surround myself with clients that have become like family. There truly is no greater feeling than helping others. Knowing that I am lending a hand in allowing seniors to remain in the safe-haven of their homes has been extremely rewarding. My grandparents all passed when I was young. I miss their wisdom and contagious appreciation for the little things in life. Through my experiences working with Extended Family, I have been able to revive this void in my life while simultaneously helping others. I am so thankful for my interactions with our amazing clients that have brought so much value to my life.
Carly: I have always enjoyed being a caregiver, it is very rewarding and I fell in love with this profession years ago when I first began caring for others in an assisted living facility. There have been many special experiences I am thankful for working as a caregiver. I love helping people and making a positive impact in the lives of others. I feel like I am part of one big family working at Extended Family Home Care!
Angela: I have always had the need to nurture and give comfort. I started by caring for infants and children in my home. I ran an in-home daycare for thirteen years until my grandmother had a need for 24/7 care. I brought her to my home and cared for her for just under three years until the Angels came to take her home. I learned so much during these three years including how important it is to bring comfort and dignity to our elders. It was very rewarding to learn that I could bring such care to her and make her life more comfortable. 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 and that I have positively impacted their life.
Nicole: My mother has been a CNA since I was younger and I knew this was the career I wanted to follow. I became a CNA and absolutely love the work that I do! A caregiver to me is someone with a kind heart that enjoys helping others do things that they may not be able to do anymore themselves. A great caregiver should always have a kind, very positive approach. I truly enjoy getting to know my clients and the companionship piece of caregiving is my favorite.
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.
Aurora: I have always known healthcare was the field in which I would have a career. To me, being a caregiver means that I am given the opportunity to care for another person and I enjoy this very much. I love being a caregiver and enjoy the companionship aspect very much. I enjoy the 1-on-1 time with my clients and giving them the personal attention they deserve. Caring for others has always come naturally to me. I’mhappy to serve others and be there for them when assistance is needed. I obtained my Medical Assistant certification and am currently working on getting my certification as a nurse assistant. I have enjoyed the training I have received to further my knowledge and experience.
Christine: I am a Colorado native and really enjoy everything that CO has to offer. I chose to be a caregiver about four years ago and instantly fell in love with this line of work. My mom has always told me that I have a heart of gold. I love helping others, it brings me great joy! Caregiving really is the perfect job for me. I love knowing that I can make life easier and even more enjoyable for others.
Maria: I first realized I wanted to be a caregiver many years ago when I shadowed my friend’s mom at a hospital. I really enjoy helping people! I love spending time with others and learning from them. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and I had so much respect for the people that cared for her. Caregiving is an extremely rewarding field, and Extended Family Home Care not only cares about each individual client and client’s family, but also for each caregiver team member as well.
Jasmin: I have always loved caring for others! I have been a professional caregiver for the past seven years and really enjoy what I do. This is my calling and I remember the day a close older relative of mine told me that caring for others is in my heart and a true gift of mine. Each assignment is very special to me and I really enjoy my clients very much. I work very hard to make the time that I spend with others very special. I love Extended Family Home Care and what they stand for! They don’t just see this as a job but as people’s lives. They encourage you to build relationship and to go above and beyond for each client.
Julie: Growing up I had a very close relationship with my Grandmother. She suffered from Alzheimer’s before passing. It was important to my family that she stayed home and was taken care of by family and friends. I want to be able to offer that same peace of mind to other families. I have always had a strong passion for helping people and wanting to encourage independence in their day to day lives.
Cheyenne: I moved to Denver from Albuquerque. I have been in the medical field for over eight years. I take pride in caring for others. I have always treated each client as if they are family. My past clients and I still keep in touch. I enjoy cooking and spending time with others. I love music and animals. I am also very organized and enjoy keeping a clean and safe environment for my clients.
Chaunte`: I’ll start by saying that helping others is something I love to do and how I was raised. I have been going to school, in hopes to receive my bachelors of Science degree in nursing because taking care and loving others is a passion of mine. I started out as a family caregiver when I took care of my grandmother while I was going through school and this had a huge impact on my life. It taught me that not only do the small things make the greatest difference but, showing someone your passion of caring for them when they need you the most made a difference in me. I learned so much from my grandmother as she shared her life story. As time passed by, she started losing her memory; we soon found out that my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Instead of being upset, I’ve became stronger because I knew she needed me to be strong for her. I learned so much from her and I thank her because she has given me the opportunity to care for her through her ups and downs. Through this we both had a smile on our face and grew stronger together. I am now ready to care for others and show them my passion, hard work, and dedication to gain their trust in me. I am certain I will care for others the way I cared for my grandmother, and I am excited for the journey that’s ahead! I recently obtained my CNA and am enjoying using my skills.
Jubilee: Being a caregiver has meant so much to me. It has given me the opportunity to realize how much I can make an impact on someone’s life. It has shown me that doing little things can make a huge difference. It has also changed my life because it has opened my eyes to how being compassionate can change the way someone feels. I knew caregiving would be great for me because I have always had a passion for working with seniors since it gave me the ability to learn. With my grandparents, I would always enjoy spending time with them because they would always teach me something new and tell stories about experiences they have had. For that, I am so grateful because I have seen the value in working with seniors. Being an Integrative Physiology student my hope is to be a nurse practitioner. I hope that being a caregiver gives me the necessary skills to success in the medical field. Along with that, I also hope to change someones life in a positive way and know that I tried my best to make their life as happy as possible.
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: I enjoy being a caregiver because I love helping others. I’ve been given so much in my life and being able to give a little back makes me feel good. 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 interned at a nursing home for 5 months learning about how the social worker helped the residents. I then obtained a career working with special needs for about 7 months and moved to Colorado. I worked as a social worker in a nursing home in Arvada and was constantly fighting for the client, and I was the only one. I had too much heart and passion for working in a nursing home. With that being said, I did find out how much I LOVED working with families and how much I loved working with the aging population. My strengths as a caregiver would be meeting the client where they are, being able to get to know them on a personal but still professional level, not over stepping boundaries, being caring, warm and personable. I’m open and honest and always ready to work. I’m respectful and positive. I listen well and understand different perspectives.
Dona: I have been in the medical field for 40 plus years! I started as a ward clerk at a local hospital and finished as a Certified Medical Assistant for a very busy Orthopedic Clinic. I feel my years as a MA more than qualify me to be a caregiver and I will do every assignment given to me as if the client is my own parent. I am patient, compassionate and kind. I am very excited to start my caregiving career. 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.
Lacy: I have always been a natural caregiver and have put other’s needs before my own. My first experience as a caregiver was when I was in middle school. My mother was diagnosed with a very rare disease that made her bedridden. I took on all the household responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, laundry, taking my sister to school and picking her up. It didn’t stop there, after my mother was able to find something to treat and elevate her disease, my grandmother fell ill with lymphoma. I took off school, as family comes first, to care for her twenty-four hours a day. These experiences taught me to cherish each day and to keep family close. Its important to care for each other and help others in need.
I believe one of my greatest strengths as a caregiver is my ability to listen. I love stories! I was a hairdresser for eleven years and am very personable. I am also an excellent cook and a good housekeeper. I’m very artistic and love crafts. I am an animal lover as well. What makes me stand out is my ability to light up a room with my smile. I’m super caring, fun loving and want everyone around me to be happy.
Sennen: I began caregiving by helping my mother as a young teenager when she was suffering with arthritis in both of her knees. She was my mother and I wanted to be there for her like she had always been there for me. 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. I went to her home daily to give her injections, and anything else she needed help with at the time. Sadly, she did not survive but my time spent with her over the last year of her life was precious and a was a gift from God. It warms my heart that I was able to play a daily part of making her comfortable and happy. Through the year of my sister’s therapy she received assistance and our family witnessed caregiving that made us all tremendously grateful, we were impressed and blessed to have them care for her as if she was a member of their families. I knew at that time that someday I wanted pay it forward and help someone in the same way. My mother always told everyone 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 maybe make a difference in someone’s life.
Amanda: I am a happily married mother of 3 beautiful children. Helping others has always been a passion of mine. I am very compassionate, dependable and honestly feel there is no greater feeling in the world than to see someone smile because of the simple act of kindness. Being able to have such a positive impact on others is an amazing feeling, and I am truly blessed with the opportunity to be doing something I love.
Jennifer: I grew up in Torrance, CA and moved with my family in 2003 to beautiful Colorado. My husband and I believed CO would be a great place to raise our girls who are now 18 and 20. I have always enjoyed working with others, helping others in any way that I can. I enjoy making a positive difference in the lives of others. Being a caregiver is a very special profession which takes a very dedicated and compassionate person. I strongly believe that I embody these attributes and many others that make me an outstanding caregiver. I look forward to making a difference in the lives of many others in the years to come.
Julie: I have been professionally caring for seniors over the past three years and am thrilled to have recently joined EFHC after a brief time away from the field. I view the opportunity to spend time with clients of EFHC as a privilege and truly enjoy hearing their stories and getting to know them as individuals. In my spare time, I paint landscapes, write songs, hike and cycle the Jefferson County bike trails.