August 2021 CAREGiver of the Month: Valerie K.
When an eye condition forced Valerie K. to make a career change, she moved into caregiving, a job that has brought her a lot of satisfaction. “I had no idea that when I had to stop a full-time desk job, work as a CAREGiver would be just as fulfilling and rewarding in a totally different way,” she says.
Valerie enjoys many activities with her seniors. Reminiscing, she notes, brings her clients a lot of pleasure. One special memory is when she went out to lunch for her birthday with a favorite client.
Every client is inspiring to Valerie. She admires how they handle the challenges of aging and embody the saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” To this, Valerie adds, “We can make our time count—it is up to us.”
Valerie finds that working makes her especially appreciate her time off, when she can recharge with her loved ones. She believes music can be a source of support for CAREGivers—and for clients as well, if you find out what kind of music they like. In the end, it’s all part of Valerie’s effort to get her clients feeling good and to “enjoy the moment.”