A friend’s napkin remained folded
in Erica Farr’s purse for months before she finally pulled it out one day and
called the Home Instead Senior Care® phone
number written on it. The friend, a co-worker at an assisted-living nursing
home, worked in the evenings as a CAREGiver and had touted her Home Instead job
led to another, and I was called into Home Instead for an
interview. The owner himself, Mr. Gibson, did my interview. He was so nice, and
he told me his story about how he started his franchise here in Statesville. I
left feeling so good and praying that it would all work out,” said Erica,
referring to the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care franchise that serves Iredell and Alexander Counties.
That was middle of April
2018, and Erica started her Home Instead Senior Care orientation May 1. “I have
been loving it ever since. After assisting my first client, I called my mom and
told her I loved this job, that this was my true calling,” said Erica, who was
honored as CAREGiver of the Month in February 2019.
Erica had been working in
nursing homes as a cook and aide since she was in high school. “I love being
around the elderly, but I wasn’t happy because I was unable to work one-on-one
with residents because of a lack of time. I had so many patients who’d beg me
to stay and talk, but I couldn’t because I had to get back to work. I had time
to only tell them hello, give them a huge smile and show them I cared, and it
would make their day,” Erica recalled.
As a family caregiver,
Erica also helped with her grandmother when her health declined. “She would be
so lonely when I came to visit her. I would give anything to have known about
Home Instead Senior Care at that time. She passed away three years ago. Now,
for anyone who could use our services, I tell them about Home Instead Senior
Care,” Erica said.
conversation would easily reveal that Erica lives the Home Instead Senior
Care® principles of “Build Trust, Take the Lead and
Share Your Heart.” “What I like most about my job is loving my clients.
Each one of them means the world to me, and I would do anything to help make
their lives a little better, a little more joyful,” Erica said.
“Companionship is what so
many seniors desire, just to have someone with whom to talk and show he or she
cares about them. It goes without saying that it is so important to be nice and
loving to the clients. Some clients will even try to take care of you because
they trust and love you, too. I wish only that I could have as many clients as
I want 24/7 because I love my job.”
To build on their knowledge and experience, Erica and
other CAREGivers are offered ongoing training, including the opportunity to
complete the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Alzheimer’s Disease or
Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education®
Knowledge is important in
senior care, but perhaps the biggest asset is a huge heart. Erica’s compassion
was evident when she helped a 96-year-old client from the start of July until
his passing in December. The client had his challenges now and then, but Erica
speaks fondly of him and his family.
“He had the best family
you could ever ask for. They were there every single day, helping us CAREGivers
in any way they could. He had run several businesses, so he was ‘The Boss,’ and
he let you know it. It took time for us to get to know each other well, and I
loved him just like my grandpa. The loss of my special friend has been really
hard on me,” Erica said.
“As his medical condition
continued to worsen, I spent more time with him. On every other Saturday
for a while, I would leave him to go to another client from noon to 3 p.m., so
another CAREGiver would take my place. That CAREGiver was an amazing person.
When I would return after 3 p.m., I’d go to his room and say, ‘I missed you, I
love you and I’m back now.’ He’d say, ‘I missed you, too, I’m glad you’re back.
I need you at this job.’ ”
One Sunday when Erica was
leaving, the client asked his daughter if Erica was going to church. “I said,
‘Well, I would, but I’m with you every Sunday.’ Then I joked with him a little
when I asked, ‘Are you going to give me a Sunday off?’ He exclaimed, ‘No! I
need you!’ He was truly my special person,” Erica said.
Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For
inquiries about CAREGiver employment, please apply online call
(704) 924-9909. For further information visit Home Instead Senior Care .