While getting to know Joanne Mason, one can see how important "family" is in her life. Joanne is originally from Long Island N.Y. Her parents and nine sisters and brothers still live in the NY area and another brother lives in New Port Richey, FL. One of the siblings living in NY is Joanne's twin sister. Joanne says that the time and distance has not changed their close bond. Joanne is the mother of three beautiful daughters and a handsome son.
She has been blessed with a total of nine beautiful grandchildren. With a family like this, we can appreciate Joanne's favorite hobby, scrapbooking. Joanne says, "One of the best things about taking up scrapbooking as a hobby is that anyone can do it. I have document many family, life changing events such as parties, first time occasions, grandkids, and family get-togethers."
Joanne joined the Home Instead family in March of 2014. Prior to working at HISC, she was working in a Daytona area mailroom. The unfortunate happened and she was laid off. Joanne decided to go back to school to become a dental assistant and after graduation, realized there weren't many jobs available in her new field.
Still looking for something to fill her need to help others, Joanne filled out the application to become a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care in Daytona Beach. Joanne says that she came in for the interview, was hired, and as the saying goes, "the rest is history". Joanne stated that "I love my job! It gives me the opportunity to experience different cultures and backgrounds. I get the chance to meet different people and see interesting places".
Joanne shares her heart by being compassionate, sympathetic, and dedicated. Joanne says that she has had wonderful clients. She readily shared this story with us of one of her clients. "It was a nice elderly man who had Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. With a lot of patience and assistance, he was able to put a 50 piece puzzle together.
This always put a smile on his face and gave him that sense of accomplishment when the puzzle was completed." Another client, she shares, "is feisty, spunky and full of energy. We walk 45 minutes on the beach, one way, and then back". Joanne says that she has been to the beach more with her client than she has been in the 25 years she's lived here.
Joanne builds trust with her clients by always being reliable and present to her shifts. When asked what she liked most about your job, Joanne said, "I love knowing that I make a difference in someone's life everyday by caring, earning their trust, and putting a smile of happiness on their face". Joanne takes the lead by attending in-services and training classes to increase her knowledge and skill level. She has attended classes such as Cooking/Caring/Cleaning, as well as Specialized Alzheimer's Part 1 and Part 2.
The staff at Daytona Beach Home Instead Senior Care is honored to present to you, Joanne Mason, our choice as our July 2017 CAREGiver of the Month.
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