Tiffany Builds on Caregiving Tradition

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Tiffany Smith can thank her grandmother for pointing her toward a job with Home Instead Senior Care® of Metairie in October 2013. Tiffany's grandmother, Bobbie Smith, has a good eye for picking out great CAREGivers because she was the 2012 Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year, honored as Home Instead Senior Care's outstanding North America CAREGiver.


The apple doesn't fall far from the tree – Tiffany was recently honored as CAREGiver of the Month for the Metairie franchise, owned by Lisa Rabito. Bobbie knew for sure 11 years ago that Tiffany had the potential to be an awesome care specialist because Tiffany – then 16 years old – helped take care of Bobbie after she underwent hip replacement surgery. That was four years before Bobbie joined Home Instead Senior Care.


At that time, Bobbie told Tiffany, "Your calling is to be someone who helps others. You have a kind heart, and you and your heart are needed by others. Always give back to society, Tiffany, because that is what our family does." Tiffany pointed out the über-caregiving family tree included not only Bobbie and her own mother, but stretched as far back as her great-grandmother who lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


"Like Bobbie, my mother and many others in our family were caregivers," Tiffany recalled, "My great-grandmother was a family caregiver who loved to come alongside and help people of all ages. They all had hearts of gold, and their mantra always was 'Give back.' My upbringing, what I saw modeled by all of those generations, has been such an influence on me. The old-time values of honesty, integrity, good manners and compassion were instilled in us. My great-grandmother always had time for us and taught us something different every time we were with her. She was such a blessing. Even now, my grandmother is ready for advice if I ask."


As a group, Home Instead Senior Care mirrors those values, Tiffany said. "I love working for them because they care as much for their CAREGivers as they do for their clients. We're all important, but not all agencies have a culture like that. Home Instead also has openly Christian attitudes – they are not afraid to show that faith does matter. Working for them also has made me a better mother."


Tiffany has had to draw on her faith, values and family because of a difficult past 15 months. One of her brothers, a New Orleans firefighter, died in a motor vehicle accident in February 2015. Several cousins and other family members also have passed away during those 15 months. Then, in January 2016, Tiffany's mother was diagnosed with lupus and experienced a kidney-function decline to the point that she needed to go on dialysis recently.


"My grandmother and I take our turns helping Mom's fiancé take care of her," Tiffany said. "Other family members help, too, including a brother who is a policeman. We have a family network where we communicate with each other and meet each other's needs. Home Instead Senior Care has been great through the whole ordeal and provides awesome moral support as well as offering to send over a CAREGiver if we need one. The franchise has such amazing, caring people. We love them all."


All Home Instead CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about employment, please call 504-455-4911 or apply online. For further information about Home Instead Senior Care, visit our website.

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