Being a CAREGiver Doesn’t Feel Like a Job


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CAREGiver of the Month Gloria Manogiamanu works for Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage, but insists she doesn't have a job anything like the ones most people would have.​

"I don't consider it a job," Gloria said, "because I enjoy what I do for Home Instead Senior Care. It is not just another paycheck. I've done this kind of work for many years – since 2004 – and always have liked it. What I do feels like a lifestyle."

Gloria's brother and sister-in-law, Home Instead Senior Care employees, tipped her off to owner Stacee Frost Kleinsmith's franchise, and Gloria started June 25, 2015. Her brother, SD Fuimaono, was the CAREGiver of the Month in August, and sister-in-law, Emerald Fuimaono, is a scheduling manager. "SD is a big guy with big compassion who enjoys being a CAREGiver. He has the softest heart," Gloria said. "Since SD is with clients as I am, I don't have as much contact with him as I do with Emerald. But our Thanksgiving together was awesome."

Soft hearts run in the Fuimaono family, something Gloria proudly acknowledges. Office staff recognized Gloria's soft heart and skills immediately, and honored her as October CAREGiver of the Month a little more than three months on the job.

Scheduler Vaosa Tuiolemotu said: "Gloria is a one-of-a-kind CAREGiver. Her passion and desire to care for our clients exemplifies what Home Instead Senior Care is seeking in a CAREGiver. Gloria has stepped up to help numerous times when we needed a shift covered at the last minute or at odd times, so we always count on her. She also has an awesome positive attitude and is filled with enthusiasm that radiates onto her co-workers and clients alike."​

Front Office Manager Rose Marie Holliday agreed. "Gloria has exceeded all expectations and has the heart of a great CAREGiver. We are very happy she joined our Home Instead Senior Care team. Gloria possesses many wonderful qualities that are evident in her work."

Rose Marie explained: "Gloria is very caring and has awesome personality and beautiful spirit. She is funny, dependable, reliable, loyal, hard-working, honest, faithful, passionate and smart. Gloria is easy to get along with because she is sweet and soft-spoken, and communicates well with our office staff, her clients and their families."

In her short time with Home Instead Senior Care, Gloria has completed courses in The Aging Process, Safe Client, Safe CAREGiver, Building Relationships, Mandatory Reporting, Arthritis, Hospice and Palliative Care, COPD, Diabetes, Parkinson, and CPR/First Aid. Gloria obtained her CNA license 11 years ago as she began her caregiving career.

Rose Marie pointed out Gloria has a successful caregiving history, not only in senior care but also with helping people who have physical disabilities. "Caring for others is her calling. She enjoys listening to her clients' stories, and just one story will make her day. Through her experiences, she knows dementia clients have unique challenges. Their behaviors can be so different, and redirecting them could be quite a challenge, but Gloria does it well. I also admire her because she is a single mother of three and has had challenges of her own, but she keeps her focus on her family and her work," Rose Marie said.

Emerald said: "Gloria is really amazing. Family means everything to her, and her clients are just like family. She has a warm heart, is very humble and compassionate, and she puts everyone before herself. Gloria is a very hard worker. She has a husband and wife as clients, and she adores them."

Gloria assists her clients during 12-hour overnight shifts. "They are a good couple," Gloria said. "They have good days, and they have challenging ones. Generally the husband goes to bed an hour or two before the wife turns in, and the wife likes to stay up and eat popcorn and talk to me because she is very social. Her husband also has stories, and his memories go way back in time. I enjoy being with them. Home Instead Senior Care couldn't have put me in a better home. I also receive fulfillment from working with others as a fill-in when I am called."

Gloria also enjoys Home Instead Senior Care. "I really like the company because they are there for me," Gloria said. "Our owner, Stacee, is always reaching out to see if I am OK and wants to know how things are going for me and my family. My heart is set on doing this, and it is not just a paycheck to me. I am hoping this perhaps will be a long-term opportunity because it feels comfortable. It's always good to have family like Emerald and SD nearby – I've been in Anchorage since 1994 and they moved here 20 years later – but people at Home Instead Senior Care also now feel like family, too."

Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, provide a variety of in-home services to help keep seniors independent. For inquiries about employment with Home Instead Senior Care, please call 907-277-4663 or email recruiting and retention coordinator Katharine Wien at katharine.wien@homeinstead.com. For further information about the company, visit http://www.homeinstead.com/637  or to learn more about the company's services link to a digital brochure at http://www.hisc637.digbro.com.

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