“As Assistant Director of Grand Care Companions, I was given the opportunity to be part of something I am passionate about while also having a chance at doing it better. Our clients deserve respect, peace of mind, dignity, and to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, that is my promise."
I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by caregivers. At an early age, I watched my grandmother care for my great-grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. While this was extremely hard on her, she made sure my great-grandmother was well cared for and lived the best life possible. For almost forty years, my mother was a dedicated nurse's aide and no matter how tired or worn out she was from the long hours she worked, she made it a point to tell me, "Taking care of another is an honor." I didn't understand that statement then, but I do now.
Watching the women in my life give selflessly in the care of others has impacted me in ways I am extremely grateful for. These experiences taught me that youth, though it may not seem like it, is fleeting, and one day I could be the person who needs that hand to hold. Respect is fundamental and should be given to everyone, especially to the generations that came before.
The years I spent working in a long-term, nursing facility showed me the importance of quality-of-life and quality-of-care. These values stand at the forefront of my life and the work I do.