Maria Morales joined the team at Daytona Beach Home Instead Senior Care in January of 2015. Prior to becoming an HISC CAREGiver, Maria worked in the Philippines for ten years as a Physical Therapy provider catering to in-patient and homecare services to our US military retirees. Maria moved to Florida when she and her husband were married. They have two lovely children. After arriving in the States, Maria attempted to study and transfer her PT knowledge to her new homeland. Having a difficult time with her studies and transferring her licensure, she was thrilled when she found the advertisement for HISC. She was excited and hopeful that she could continue working is a health related position as a Home Health Aide CAREGiver. She had just challenged the CNA licensure exam and tells me that she was so esctatic when she received a call from Ms. Christine in Human Resource here at Daytona HISC. Christine immediately scheduled her for an interview which brought on a bit of nervousness as it was the first interview she had been offered since arriving in the United States. Having been a Physical Therapist for many years, she wasn’t worried about the patient CAREGiver inter-action, her concern now was over caring for a client within their own home. She soon found out that the one on one time with her clients compares to nothing else she has done.She proudly exclaims that working with Home Instead has been a mixture of happy, joyful, sad, and challenging times as well as being the most unforgettable and rewarding working experience. Maria states that, “Helping the elderly with their illness, disability, or impairment can be difficult for all involved. You have to build trust with a client and their family in order to have that positive experience and recovery. Having a compassionate heart and the desire to help other people, is just a natural and fulfilling thing for me to do”. Maria shares her heart and finds a huge reward in the appreciation and smiles she receives when caring for others. She really feels that the reason why she was successful in obtaining a degree in the medical home health care field, through time restraints and financial hurdles, was due to the fact that giving care to others is instinctive to her. “I love and enjoy working with my clients. Being part of their recovery and seeing how thankful they are when you assist them in their daily lives and care and touching a person’s life is the most rewarding part of my working history”. Maria tells me that caring for seniors has enlightened her to her very own future as well, “I have never felt more aware and conscious of my own future. I, or my family, might experience some of the same things that my clients are facing right now. At the end of the day, I always pray to God that when the day comes that I need a caregiver, my loved ones will also be able to find a very good, trustworthy, and empathetic CAREGiver such as we have within our Home Instead team”.Maria enjoys the educational part of her job as well; she takes the lead and attends HISC in-service trainings. She tells me that attending the quarterly meetings and training is a great way to keep oneself updated and sharp. Maria adds that “My daily work experiences are successful with the help of the company and my co-workers too. Caring for elderly clients has never been easy, but the office has always been generous and accommodating whenever I needed help concerning client care matters”. She says that “the company helps me to learn, maintain a high level of standards, and to give the best care possible”. Marias passion for CAREGiving shines brightly through her winning personality and the team at Home Instead Senior Care in Daytona proudly awards her with being the July 2016 CAREGiver of the Month.
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