Jean: I have been blessed with meeting and getting to know many great people and their families and friends. I have the joy of celebrating birthdays and holidays with them, and I have grieved with them and for them. To pick one experience that stands out more than the others is next to impossible. I have loved and enjoyed everyone that I’ve had the honor to care for, and pray that I have blessed their lives as they have done mine.
My favorite part of being a caregiver is listening to the stories these seniors tell. They have lived such full lives with all kinds of adventures, some of which I can only dream of. It brings joy to them by telling me, and I never get tired of hearing them as each time I think of new questions to ask which in turn just reminds them of more stories!
Deshawyn: Through my life I’ve found that nothing has warmed my heart more than making a difference. Everyday I work to be a better person for the people around me because being a caregiver is to be a friend. I am always humbled when caring for others because the people I care for are people with stories and legacies that I’m always interested in. I feel as a caregiver I stand out in the sense that I bring a lively energy that is needed for this kind of work. With that energy I carry with it a high level of respect that I hope others would show my loved ones. In my case I am not a caregiver because of personal experience in the past, I do it to make a personal experience. I have met many residents along my journey, and each one has touched my heart and I believe I’ve touched theirs.
Amy: For as long as I can remember, I have always had a love for people; working and caring for them alike. I first started working with geriatric patients about 6 years ago and knew that was the field I was meant to be in. I find that being a caregiver is very humbling. Aging is a part of life and just as our infants and children need careful and special care, so do our elderly.
I feel very privileged that I get to be a part of our clients day to day lives. Extended Family does a great job of pairing their clients with the right caregiver. Making sure that all needs are met. I love being a part of an organization that is just as passionate about caring for people as I am!
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.
Anna: I first realized I wanted to be a caregiver when I saw the impact my Gramps’ caregivers, his children, had on him before he passed. They were there daily to care for him, take him on adventures, and help make his last days enjoyable in whatever way they could. I’ve always loved people and seeing the value in each life, helping them live every day to the fullest.
Alicia: I realized early on that I wanted a career in healthcare after years of helping care for a family member. I remember the admiration I had for the nurses and caregivers and how I always wanted to assist whenever possible. I really enjoy work that has a potential to make a difference in someone’s life. I’m a positive person who loves to bring smiles and laughter to others. I’m committed to doing my best and am a very dependable person that can be trusted. I decided to pursue a role as a caregiver because I have a strong passion for helping those in need. Most importantly I’m very empathetic and patient. Being able to put myself in someone else’s shoes allows me to identify and ease their fears or discomfort. I’m currently working towards a CNA and phlebotomy certification with the hopes of going to nursing school in the near future.
Lindsay: My stepfather had a stroke and I had to step in to care for him. This was actually a scary experience as he forgot how to speak. I really enjoyed the rehabilitation process and helping him to feel more independent and less overwhelmed. It was this experience that made me realize how much I love this type of work. A great caregiver truly treats their clients like family. I go above and beyond for my clients and I am proactive, anticipating their needs. I fit well into the role as a caregiver because I am naturally a very patient and compassionate person. I have a strong intuition about things and am good at anticipating needs. I love making connections with my clients.
Sue: Caring for and protecting others has always been a part of who I am. When my mother was sick several years ago, I was so glad I was able to be there to help her recover. I am a very compassionate and empathetic person who has a great deal of respect for the elderly. I enjoy sharing experiences and memories with my clients and I get a great sense of satisfaction from being able to enrich their lives in some way. I am a true caregiver at heart and really enjoy working with Extended Family Home Care.
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.
Kate: One of my fondest childhood memories is when my Grandmother came to visit over the summer. She used the kitchen sink to wash my hair and always made sure I had a towel for my eyes, and she made sure that no soap would get in them. After, she would get two lawn chairs for us to sit in the sun and ever so gently untangle my very long curly unruly hair. She was ever so careful not to tug or hurt and we would talk about her life and what my life might become. This was such a simple thing and yet I remember it so well to this day. It always reminds me that the important thing is not a task to be completed, but an experience to be shared. I remembered this often as I helped my aging mother in her late years and strive to keep this quality of presence and intent in my work at Extended Family Home Care. I obtained both my C.N.A. certificate and became a licensed massage therapist in 2012.
Hanne: I’ve always had a passion for caring for others. My favorite part of being a caregiver is the feeling I get knowing that I have made a positive difference in their life. One of my favorite memories over the years was when I accompanied one of my residents to her granddaughter’s wedding. We had such a wonderful time and I was happy to join her at this very special occasion. I am happy to be a part of Extended Family Home Care because it is their compassion and genuine care that sets them apart.
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.
Meghan: I am personally driven by a lifelong desire to give back to others what has been freely given to me—love and kindness. I grew up in a family that was challenged by grief and loss, and we needed a lot of help to make it through that. Growing up I witnessed what true compassion looked like in the form of outside help and support from those who cared. Some of these people were professionals and some were just friends, but what they all showed me was what living a life committed to kindness looked like. Early on, I decided that was the kind of person I wanted to become. To me an ideal caregiver offers support and love without judgement. They do their best to collaborate with those they help so as to meet that person’s needs to the best of their ability.
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.
Melissa: My caregiving experience first began when I was unexpectedly placed in a care taker position for my mother as she began to experience the slow onset of Alzheimer’s. I traveled this journey right beside her as we both learned about this illness and its progression. I experienced all stages with my mother, from the onset to the point of making the decision for long term care. The experience with my mother revealed my passion for our elderly loved ones who still possess value and respect in this world. I really enjoy caring for others, it is a true passion of mine!
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.
Renee: My experience first began on a personal level. My brother had a traumatic brain injury and my mother couldn’t afford a home health nurse. I stepped in and ever since, I’ve been doing healthcare either full / part time. Being compassionate towards patients / clients has always been my priority. I’ve always tried to remember my military training that consistently reminded us that the patient could be our parents.. you are to treat them as you would want your parents to be treated. I also firmly believe that it’s important to not take away or do everything for a patient / client…that’s where patience comes in. I think we all would want to continue to do as much as we could. I have seen many compassionate people / circumstances, but recently my husband reached out to a friend’s nephew after a diagnosis of multiple myeloma resulting in advanced neuropathy in hands & legs. The impact of this relationship upon this gentlemen has proven to him that strangers can become just like family and he’s so happy to be able to just get out to shop.
Kelly: I have always been very close to my Grandparents. We have a wonderful relationship and I am very thankful for the quality time I have spent with them. I cared for my Grandma while she was sick. My Grandpa is now in an assisted living facility and I spend as much time with him as possible. We go out together and I just enjoy being there for him. I really enjoy caring for others and this has always been a great passion of mine. It brings me joy to make someone smile and to make them laugh. I enjoy older adults very much and it is their stories and wisdom that make them so special.
Eva: My passion for working with seniors began with my grandparents and only flourished from there. In my mind, the ideal caregiver is supportive, compassionate and full of enthusiasm for living life to the fullest. I absolutely love to hear stories from the lives of older adults, and my goal is to help them accomplish whatever it is that will give them the highest quality of life possible. I grew up surrounded by a loving family and if I can give somebody half that support, then I am happy.
Shawna: Being a caregiver is more than just providing care to someone. Caring for another is about showing compassion and respect and being by their side. Patience is also a very important aspect of caring for others. My passion for helping others began during the time that I cared for my grandma with dementia. I lived with her and loved being there for her during her final two years. I absolutely loved to help put a smile on her face. Whether I took her to get a smoothie or to walk around the mall, she couldn’t do this on her own, and it brought her great joy to get out of the house and enjoy these activities. After the long journey, when she floated away as an angel, I told myself this is what I want to do for others. I want to be a part of why they smile and see them enjoy doing things they love! I learned it’s the little things that make life so wonderful and I remind myself of this everyday.
Sherelle: I’m a loving mother to two amazing children who inspire me daily with their acts of love and kindness towards each other, myself, and others and I feel the need to pass that on. I genuinely believe providing individuals with encouragement, support, and kindness leads to a better quality of life for all involved.
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.
Rachel: My personal experience of skilled nursing has allowed me to see why I wanted to become a caregiver. I love the one on one time to really get to know the client better, you become their family and become someone they can trust and look forward to seeing daily. Being a caregiver means I get to be a part of someone’s life and make their day better. My skilled nursing background, positive attitude, and ability to cook without using the microwave, and love for companionship and activities make me the ideal caregiver. When my uncle was sick in the Hospital when I was 9, I observed an excellent nursing team that showed him and the family comfort, and hope. They worked hard to assist us in any way possible, and this meant so much to us. I fit the role of a caregiver because I’m compassionate, caring, outgoing, and willing to help.
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.
Cindy: I’m currently in nursing school and I’ve always had a passion for helping people and bringing an impact in their lives. I want to make a difference and be the help they need whether it’s to assist with ADL’s or a close friend to share a laugh with and talk to about their life. I aspire to be the best caregiver I can with all my clients, and do the best I can to make them happy.
Shell: Working as a caregiver means a lot to me. I have a strong compassion for people. I am also a great listener and I feel satisfied knowing that I have helped someone in need.
When I was a little girl my Mother took me to work with her, I got an opportunity to meet one of her clients that was an elderly lady who was so nice. My Mother, who is great with people took excellent care of her in her home. I knew then that I wanted to be a Nurse and care for others. So working as a caregiver is what I feel I was meant to do.