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