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CAREGiver’s Name Fits Her Works of Compassion​

CAREGiver of the Month Emmanuella Anebom Fru has a unique name. Some would say her name is unforgettable.

Emmanuella: A Hebrew woman’s name that means “faith.” Sometimes the name is described as a variant for “Emmanuelle,” which means “God is with us.” Women with this name have a deep desire to work with others. They are excellent at analyzing, understanding and learning. It’s easy to see that her name fits her occupation and ultimate career goal, which is nursing. But it’s not necessary to call her Emmanuella – she’s known as “Emma” to friends, family and clients. And one client’s family won’t ever forget Emma. That much was evident when she and another CAREGiver were mentioned in a June 2011 obituary that said the two “had provided attentive in-home support over the past year” for the prominent Anchorage doctor.

Even with her caregiving skills that include compassion and companionship, she also expertly provides medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands and transportation for her clients while working with Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage. And she can speak three languages, English, French and German, which wasn’t lost on one of Emma’s 96-year-old clients who was a former high school teacher.

“My multilingual background caught the attention of one of my clients,” Emma said, “because she had the opportunity to study in France as a foreign language teacher.

“She is a delightful person who admires my cheerfulness and never-ending desire to assist her every day I’m with her. I have been with her for about a year and a half, and she is always thinking of me in a thoughtful manner and how she can be so accommodating for me. She would order that her couch be cleaned and made comfortable before I arrive. She loves my cooking and meal presentation, and she loves it when I make her breakfast before my shift ends.”

In addition to her CAREGiver’s job and family responsibilities with children, Emma is a full-time student at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. And she’s an excellent student, having achieved a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during more than one semester since the fall of 2010. “Eventually, I would like a nursing job in the trauma and emergency area,” said Emma, who earned certification as a nurse’s assistant in her native Germany, holds a degree in nutrition and worked for the German Red Cross as caregiver.

Months after immigrating to the United States in her move to Anchorage in March 2010, she was introduced to Home Instead and franchise owner Stacee Frost Kleinsmith by her former husband. The job was a perfect match.

“I like the idea of stepping in for the family members to help their senior loved ones because there is a need I can fill that not only helps the clients but the families as well,” Emma said. “The clients and their families and other close associates trust and depend on me. I love helping and comforting. It can be difficult because four of my regular clients passed away in 2013. At the moment, I have one regular client and work about 16 hours a week.”

Emma said all of her clients had or have dementia to varying degrees. “It’s sad to witness the declining stages a once-able client goes through. But I do everything I can to help and support the clients, and their families also need support. They ask a lot of questions,” Emma added.

While saying faith plays an important part of her life, Emma said: “I believe in helping not just for compensation, but as a human value.”

Emma’s life and philosophy in a nutshell? It’s all in her name.  


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