If Godwin's interaction with his clients is any predictor of his future bedside manner when he becomes a cardiologist, the CAREGiver of the Month will be a highly sought-after doctor wherever he practices medicine.
"Godwin is a remarkable young man," said Fay Kelting, CAREGiver development specialist for Home Instead Senior Care® of Metairie. "The clients are so appreciative of him, and he is a great CAREGiver who is requested often. He is an awesome and very inspiring person."
Godwin, who joined owner Lisa Rabito's franchise in Aug. 8, 2014, after an online job search, is pursuing a position in medical residency. "I eventually will leave Home Instead Senior Care to pursue my dream of being a cardiologist. When that day comes, I will miss the people at Home Instead Senior Care and the clients."
In the meantime, Godwin is enjoying himself as an in-home senior-care specialist who delights in finding unique ways to assist his clients, even those who have been a challenge. "I am a Christian and hold dearly to the biblical injunction to care for the sick, the weak and the less fortunate among us. It is from this perspective I do my job as a CAREGiver," Godwin said.
"I like to connect with my clients on a more personal level. I try to understand their unique situations and tailor my care and interactions to suit their particular situations. One client has been more challenging for others to help, but I have been able to connect with him on a deeper level and have been able to help him."
One of Godwin's clients was confined to his bed after a workplace accident rendered him paralyzed. "At the time I met him," Godwin explained, "he seemed depressed, and I felt quite concerned for him. Over the course of several weekends while working with him, he started cheering up and looking forward to life again. I was able to connect with him by going well above and beyond what others had done for him. With my background, I could understand his situation and react in the best ways possible in accordance to our parameters as CAREGivers."
There is no doubt, Godwin said, that working for Home Instead Senior Care has been fulfilling. "This position gives me an opportunity to work with seniors and the vulnerable populations.
The staff and people at Home Instead Senior Care are some of the most wonderful people I have met in a job environment," Godwin said.
"The Home Instead office staff members sincerely care about their clients and co-workers, and provide the necessary training and support to help their CAREGivers do their jobs better. They have assisted me with a convenient schedule and even helped with transportation options. To repeat for emphasis, I'd like everyone to know Home Instead cares about their CAREGivers as much as they care about the clients. It is a wonderful work environment."
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