“I love the logistics of my job -- figuring out what people need and
what can make everyone’s lives easier,” says Carol Smoot, who has been a
professional CAREGiver for eight years. “When you’re in a senior’s home, you
see problems in their living situation that can be changed by making
suggestions, and it is
incredibly rewarding to me to know that, little by little, I can solve their
problems. I can't imagine
someone not finding that a happy part of their day.”
worked with seniors in a care center as an activities director before coming to
Home Instead Senior Care, also appreciates the flexibility of her job. At an
age when others have retired, she is able to work 20-25 hours a week and stay
close to home – without having to go into an office every day. “I’m pretty
independent,” she says with satisfaction.
independence acts in her favor when she is called upon to do something in her
job she’s never done before. “Confidence
on the job is hard to teach,” says Carol who, as a member of the office Safety
Committee, is constantly looking at ways to help less experienced staff become
more confident and self-sufficient on the job. “But when you're the only person
in the home who can deal with an issue, you figure it out. I really like that.
I am learning to do so many things that I never thought I'd learn to do.”
attitude and problem-solving has earned her compliments from her client’s
families and our management team, but for her, it’s all in a day’s work. “All
of our CAREGivers get complimented, and if they don't they need to move on.
There's no sense in working if you can’t walk away at the end of your shift
knowing you’ve done your best. And I really feel that working for Home
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