Rewarding Work of Caregiving

Rewarding Work of Caregiving

Posted on 02May

We asked our caregiver from our Assisted and Memory Care in Salem, Oregon, Farmington Square, to share about her work as a caregiver. Carlynn was awarded the Oregon Health Care Association’s Caregiver of the Year award in 2014. She has worked at Farmington Square for (now) 13 years.

“I’m Carlynn Chewning, I’m a caregiver, and I’ve been a caregiver for 12 years in Salem Farmington Square. And, I’m just making a difference. Because I care for them [our residents], they care for me. They depend on me. They need me, and I feel like I need them too. There are so many things in this world that I could do, but this is what I was meant to do. I love my job, I love what I do. I change life for them. If they’re happy I’ve done something, I’ve made someone happy, I’ve made their day. It’s a good feeling. It’s rewarding in itself, to make someone happy, and it should be for anyone in this world.”

Working in Senior Living

Posted on 25Jan

We asked some of our team members to share their experience working in Senior Living. Here is what they shared:

Rachael, Community Relation’s Director: “My job doesn’t feel like a job. I feel like I come to work every day and I get paid for doing what I love to do.”

Carlynn, Caregiver: “They depend on me, they need me…and, I feel like I need them too.”

Erika, Food Service Manager: “The thing is to give them the joy, the happiness of the moment, [make them] feel special.”

Misty, Med Aide/ Caregiver: “When I come to work, this is my home away from home. And, you get really attached to the people you take care of. And, what’s important to me is to make sure that they feel that their at home as well.”

Matt, Director of Environmental Services: “We had a resident whose family wasn’t able to make it for his birthday party. It was his 98th birthday party, and he wanted a steak. He wanted to go out for a steak. And we took him to the Outback Steakhouse.”

Erika:  “If they require things I run. If they don’t have it, I make it happen.”

Matt: “When I looked at him, I could see my grandfather in his eyes.”

Misty:  “You sit down with them and you just talk with them about anything. They might be talking about their family, their past, what their future plans are…”

Matt: “You don’t get experiences like that from any other job that I can think of.”

Rachael: “It is very emotional. It is, because you’re going on that journey with the family. And, I am very passionate about what I do.”

Carlynn: There are so many things in this world that I could do. But, this is what I was meant to do.”

Misty: “We are their little family in a way. It makes me feel good to be there for them for that.”

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