After attending and completing college, Richard Hartsel began his 25 year career in the computer department at the Daytona Beach News Journal. Shortly after, the company changed ownership and Richard knew he needed to make a change. Richard started to take more interest in Jo Marie's, his wife, career and began to explore the possibilities of working for Home Instead Senior Care, located in Daytona Beach, Florida. Knowing that his wife Jo Marie had worked for Home Instead for the past couple years and found her career to be rewarding, he applied for a CAREGiver position. Richard was hired as part of the CAREGiving team and has been with Home Instead since September 2013.
Richard Hartsel, a humble, intelligent and hardworking man, has learned the value of patience and being present with his clients. Clients do not hesitate to share their life stories with Richard. He comments that each client has their own personality and each is unique in his way. Each and every day is interesting, and with some clients, it can be very challenging.
One client, at the age of 94, still continues to work out at the YMCA. Richard comments, "This amazing gentleman goes through all of these work outs which is amazing at his age." Another client, Richard states as "being quite the character yet a brilliant man". They reminisce about the client's experiences and years in the Air Force. Richard has been told by his clients, that they couldn't get through their day without his assistance. Although seeing clients decline in health is difficult and hard to watch, knowing it's a way of life and having the opportunity to care for them is essential. Richard states, "He has found the reward he was looking for all along."
Richard, a kindhearted, hardworking team player with a concern to help others, is a constant reminder and prime example of what Home Instead Senior Care is all about. We are honored to recognize Richard Hartsel as our CAREGiver of the Month for April 2015.
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