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‘Compassion’ Is Alexandria’s First Language

Alexandria Thompson speaks English and Mandarin, is proficient at sign language and has studied Spanish and German. But the CAREGiver Cornerstone Award recipient is most fluent with the language of compassion, and she expresses it well while working for Home Instead Senior Care® of Jackson.

“Alexandria is a third-generation caregiver who is young, but is very mature in her ways. Alexandria takes what she learned in Home Instead Senior Care training and not only applies it, but she finds new and creative ways to enhance it to improve the quality of life for her clients,” CAREGiver Recruitment and Engagement Manager Stephanie Barbrey said. “She worked in a nursing home before joining Home Instead Senior Care, but she desired a one-on-one relationship with seniors.”

More than talking, actions speak louder than words for Alexandria, who takes a spiritual view of everything she does. Her caregiving and client interaction have spoken volumes since she joined owners Bryson and Linda McQuiston’s award-winning franchise in November 2016.

Asked how she felt after being selected as the franchise’s top CAREGiver for the first quarter of 2017, Alexandria said: “I am extremely honored, and I was on the verge of tears. But I don’t think helping others is something out of the ordinary. Helping people should not come with an expectation to receive an accolade. What I do reflects what God has done. Glorifying God is going to matter most in life.”

Alexandria added: “I absolutely love going to work each day. Each client is unique, and I am learning what I can do to help each of them. It is a very rewarding job.”

Helping others comes naturally for Alexandria, who cited a family tradition that stretches for at least three generations. Her late father and her father’s mother were family caregivers. “My dad and grandmother went above and beyond the call of duty. My father had a great and charitable heart when it came to people, and he did his best to raise my siblings and me to have a similar outlook. My father took care of a distant cousin who had cancer. He would take her to chemo and tend to her needs. Thankfully, she seems to have recovered,” Alexandria said. Sadly, her father later needed compassion and care from others because of a lingering illness that claimed his life on Christmas Day in 2013, when Alexandria was 17.

“Our family had the most wonderful nurse, Willie, who helped Dad, and Willie made all the difference. His help with my dad was something that affected me very personally. Because of what I observed, I aspire to be a help to the family of a client. Willie is a good example of how valuable a caregiver can be, whether it is as a nurse or not. One view of being a CAREGiver is that I am sympathetic to people who have senior loved ones in need,” Alexandria explained.

Alexandria was working at a nursing home in housekeeping when she heard about Home Instead Senior Care at her church. “The franchise owners, Bryson and Linda McQuiston, are in my small group at Englewood Baptist Church. I had been praying for a better job to come along,” Alexandria said. “The Home Instead office is definitely warm and professional, a caring group. You know where Bryson’s and Linda’s priorities are when you see how things are run.”

Also, not surprising is the fact that Alexandria is assisting a client who was formerly a missionary doctor who had traveled with his wife to 30 countries during his 30 years in the mission field. Their bonding is extra special because it carries a spiritual significance. “They are a lovely married couple who make it fun for me. His wife can be best described as Scripture in the flesh,” Alexandria said. 

The couple, in their mid-90s, have been married for 71 years. “They love to tell stories, and I love to hear them. It is wisdom that you can’t find anywhere else,” Alexandria said. “They have lots of videos and love to discuss the mission field. Reminiscing triggers memories for them, including their four years in Pakistan.”

The husband is blind, but he was an avid reader, so he is frustrated with his blindness. Alexandria reads to him, and after she has read for a while, she stops and discusses the subject. “He has a lot of input and insight. I love to listen to him,” Alexandria said. “I am very generous with compliments when he is down emotionally. He likes to sing hymns when he is down.”

Since Alexandria works with the couple on weekends, she participates in the couple’s “home church” on Sundays because it is too difficult for them to get out. “They feel comfortable with church at home. There is lots of praying and discussion of Scripture, and it is a most elaborate form of a Bible study. They most definitely keep the Sabbath holy,” Alexandria noted.

Alexandria, a student at Dyersburg State Community College, listens closely to the clients because she is working toward a degree in international studies.

“I have adapted well to learning foreign languages. I would like to work for Wycliffe Bible Translators,” said Alexandria, a California native who attended Cal Baptist in Riverside before moving to Tennessee, where she has two aunts and a grandmother. “I am hoping to enroll at Union University here in Jackson. I absolutely adore Tennessee.”

No matter where Alexandria’s bright future takes her, she’ll go there with many memorable experiences of “speaking” compassion to seniors and their families on behalf of Home Instead Senior Care. “Being a CAREGiver is a blessing on its own. It is worthy, personally and professionally,” Alexandria said.

Our franchise serves most of West Tennessee, including Jackson, Medina, Humboldt, Milan, Trenton, Dyer, Alamo, Bells, Lexington, Henderson, Dyersburg, Gates, Halls, Brownsville, Covington, Brighton, Mason, Ripley, Paris, Munford, Atoka and Union City. All Home Instead Senior Care CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured. For inquiries about employment, please call 731-984-7062 or apply online. For further information visit us at Home Instead Senior Care.​​

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