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New Year, new life, they say. This is exactly what happened to Home Instead CAREGiver Jean, three years ago, when she joined Home Instead in January.
As she had already done care work before, she decided to apply for a role in the care company when a friend of hers told her about how caring they are as a company.
Her first client was Pat, with whom she still works today. As Pat has dementia – which has a high impact on her daily life, especially on her short-term memory – Jean helps her with her activities of daily life. She helps her get dressed, brush her hair, they take walks or go shopping together when Pat needs something. Despite her mental health, Jean claims Pat is very happy, enjoys talking to different people and loves babies. When asked about their relationship, Jean gave very positive feedback. "Pat calls me her best friend," she said.
Being a CAREGiver is a great responsibility that comes with great reward. As Jean states: “Mistakes are not relevant, if one knows how to overcome them.” She continues: “As a CAREGiver, the main concern is to make sure that you’re there for them and that you support them in whatever they need.” Jean also says that the best thing about her role is that she is able to provide Pat with comfort at home, ‘in her own environment’. Even if it’s just to chat, the importance is that she is there for her, making sure she enjoys her time. “Sometimes, you’re the only face they see”, she added.
At Home Instead, they care deeply about their clients, and stories like Jean and Pat’s are always gratifying. Every day of their lives is crucial for them, and that is why they are very proud of CAREGivers like Jean. To them, it’s personal.