Putting a Lifetime of Experience to Work


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“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.”

 

Carol, who 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.

 

That 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.”

 

Carol’s can-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 Instead.”

 

 


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