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.
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.
Rachel: I am a proud mother of two boys, a retired preschool teacher, and an excellent care provider. I pride myself in caring for others. Being a care provider is more than just caring for your loved one, it’s about being a companion and giving back to those who have given so much.
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.
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.
Jennifer: Caring has always come naturally to me. Growing up I always looked for ways to help my siblings, and being the middle child gave me a lot of practice. I remember my aunt and how she always helped my grandmother who had diabetes; she showed me what a difference helping someone else did for them. Whenever I went to visit my grandmother and aunt I always made it a point to help out. Now, as a caregiver, I want to make a difference in the lives of others by showing them respect, compassion, attention, and care. I love working with older generations because they have so much wisdom and stories to impart to us all.
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.
Jeanette: I have cared for elderly relatives in the past. I work in the hospital setting in addition to EFHC. As a caregiver, I focus on giving the best possible care to my clients with respect and dignity. I am an active listener, making my clients feel important by giving my attention to any problems that arise in my scope of practice. My role model is Thelma Sumlin as she instilled in me to always treat people like I would want to be treated. We both worked on a case together in the past. We provided this family outstanding care. They enjoyed the fresh cooked meals each day. They were always thankful for the great help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Krysten: I enjoy not only helping people who can’t necessarily help themselves, but also building a strong bond between myself and my client so that I can better serve them! I believe that not only getting to know your client on a deeper level, but also their families, is important.I grew up with a cousin who has Cerebral Palsy, and also a grandmother with Alzheimer’s. Helping my family members take care of them really made me realize how much I love caregiving. Caregiving means friendship, patience, dependability, and understanding. I am a CNA and love the work that I do!I feel that I fit into the roll as a caregiver because I am a kind, patient, and loving person who truly enjoys helping others!
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.
Renee: I have been a caregiver since 1993, and I truly enjoy this profession. I entered this profession after my grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years. Back then, in-home care wasn’t an option in many areas like it is today. I decided then to go to school to train to assist people in their home so they are able to remain in their most familiar surroundings where they are comfortable and happy. I find it very rewarding to know that I have helped someone else make their day a little bit easier and more enjoyable.
Jordan: I first realized I wanted to be a caregiver when my family and I learned that my grandmother was diagnosed with dementia several
years ago. We hated the thought of her being in a nursing home so I wanted to do everything I could to keep her happy and healthy in her own home. As her dementia progresses and her days are coming to an end, I know in my heart that this is what she would have wanted. She has always been a family- oriented person and although she won’t remember, we have the memories of caring for her and showing her love for a lifetime. I have had the privilege to care for many seniors here in Colorado and California, all of which have touched and warmed my heart in so many ways. I love caring for people and having the companionship that this job brings. I have tried other fields of work but have always found my way back to in home care. God blessed me with a heart and love for elderly people and this is where I am happiest. Knowing that I made someone’s day brighter, happier, and easier is what makes me smile at the end of each day.