Sarah Kammer wanted to venture into uncharted territory, so to
speak. Senior care was an entirely new challenge for the New Mexico
State University student, a wildlife major who joined Home Instead
Senior Care of Las Cruces on Aug. 26, 2013, for a variety of reasons.
“I needed a way to give back to people,” said Sarah, who was born in
Colby, Kansas, but grew up in Silver City, New Mexico. “A lot of my
inspiration comes from my grandmother, who is in a care facility in
Kansas. My motto is, ‘I will treat my clients exactly the same way I
would treat my grandmother.’ You bond with your clients and really get
emotionally invested in them, but you have to remain professional
because you still have a job to do beyond being a good friend.”
“Everybody who does this job knows how rewarding it can be. It’s a
very big challenge sometimes. You see clients at their best and worst.
It is never the same thing two days in a row.”
Sarah, a conversationalist who could hold her own with any TV talk
show host, also gave another reason for seeking the CAREGiver job: “I
feel I needed to work on my people skills.”
So how about those new experiences, Sarah?
“Thanks to an 80-year-old male client,” Sarah said, “I have become a
PGA Tour fan. Golf is a sport I never thought I would enjoy. I watch it
between working on chores with him. When I come in the door, I ask him
to tell me what’s going on with golf. I am not a golf expert, but we
do invest a lot of time in golf.”
Another client and his wife have six dogs. That might seem unusual,
but not to Sarah, who has three of her own. “For a few minutes when I
first get there,” she said, “it’s kind of crazy and there’s a lot of
barking. He has rescue dogs. The dogs give him a way to interact. He
can get one, pet it, talk about it and then tell stories. He has all
kinds of stories about his dogs.”
And, no, her client and his wife don’t ask Sarah to walk the dogs.
Her time is client-centered. What else has she observed during her job?
With 20 to 30 college credit hours remaining, where does caregiving
go from here for Sarah? “I’d like to keep going during the school year,
at least that would be my hope,” she said. “Finding a full-time job
within my major is the aim. I guess I’d just have to see what happens.
There’s no doubt this has been a good job, and I’ve made good friends.”
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