What makes her a great CAREGiver: Karen initially learned about Home Instead at a local job fair as well as from a church friend, who was a CAREGiver. Fast forward to today, Karen went from someone who wasn’t overly familiar with Home Instead to being one of our greatest treasures. In fact, she is getting set to celebrate her fifth anniversary with Home Instead. In that time, she has touched so many lives. God works in mysterious ways!
What Love (v) means to her: Love (v) reminds Karen of the “fruits of the Spirit,” and it reassures her that Home Instead Cedarburg is where she wants to devote her time. Specifically, the Attributes of Love (v) that Karen most often demonstrates are Patience and Respectfulness. For example, Karen’s day starts at 7:00 a.m., when she assists her 100-year-old senior client with getting dressed, hairstyling and picking out jewelry. They have a special bond that they have cultivated over the years.
Free time: Karen enjoys working on puzzles, gardening, cooking and traveling.
What sets her apart: Caregiving comes naturally to Mary. Prior to coming to Home Instead, she had recently closed her daycare. She joined our team because she wanted to continue caregiving. When asked ‘why,’ she responded, “Because the bonding is so enjoyable.” Mary has bonded so well, in fact, that a client’s family invited her to accompany all of them to dinner because she is “part of the family”; another client said, “I have four daughters, she’s my fifth.”
What Love (v.) means to her: Listening to clients and giving them her undivided attention.
Attribute(s) of Love (v.) she demonstrates: To Mary, selflessness is key to caregiving. “You’re doing it because it’s important. You have to leave your personal life and struggles outside and just focus on your client when you are with them.”
Mary at home: In her spare time, Mary can be found refinishing her kitchen cabinets, gardening, painting or crafting.
What makes her a great CAREGiver: Carrie has been with Home Instead for eight years. During that time, Carrie’s clients have consistently commented that she is always respectful and approaches every situation with a sincere and caring attitude. She is always thinking of how she would want someone to care for her own parents.
What sets her apart: Carrie has always enjoyed helping others, and she finds her time with clients to be rewarding. In fact, she takes a heartfelt interest in the lives of every client she serves, and her clients quickly grow attached to her. For example, Carrie has a 99-year-old client — soon to turn 100! — and they appreciate each other so much. They have demonstrated a genuine mutual bond.
On July 21, Susan will celebrate her two-year anniversary as a Home Instead CAREGiver. Over the past couple years, Susan has demonstrated Love (v.) in the lives of our seniors. Sue loves taking care of people and treats them as if they were her own mother or father. In fact, patience is the attribute that she believes is most helpful when caring for a client.
In her spare time, Susan is a watercolor artist and enjoys traveling with her husband of 44 years. Together, they have one son and two grandchildren.
We’re blessed to have you on our team, Susan!
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