April 17, 2018
Kari is our Hearts of Gold Featured Caregiver for the first quarter of 2018. Married for eighteen years and a mother of four, she certainly has experience caring for others and organizing a household. Hearts of Gold Home Care has been very blessed to have her step in as both a fill-in home care aide and office assistant. She's a friend of Hearts of Gold Administrator Danielle Miller from the horse community and also has a family run horse farm at her home in Gilbert, Arizona. Her hobbies include horses- she's a lifelong horsewoman and the practice lead for the Arizona Range Riders, playing piano, photography, and genealogy.
Q: Where did you grow up?
I grew up the youngest of six, and a twin, on a 40 acre farm outside a town thats doesn't appear on most maps- Gold Hill, Oregon. Everyone knew everyone, and I felt blessed to be born and grow up in the same house all my life. Each of us six kids would pick an animal to raise, either for 4H or for the family. After selling it we would use the money to pay for our own school clothes. We did that from 12 years of age on. I loved it and wouldn't ever wish for anything different. I learned how to work and how to play. I learned the value of integrity and responsibility.
Q: Why did you choose to become a care giver?
I started originally because Danielle Miller and I are friends outside of the scope of Hearts of Gold. She needed some help and I came aboard as a fill-in. It was supposed to be a temporary position, but very quickly, I found myself not wanting to leave at the end of my shifts! The people I was caring for had such amazing life stories- a version I had only seen in movies; everything from the Great Depression and crazy family traditions to traveling the world. I could listen to those stories all day! I never imagined I would have so much in common with my clients, but I've grown to love and appreciate them. They make me happier and I can see their influence in how I raise my children. They have become some of my most valued friends, and I look forward to getting my schedule and seeing what friends I get to visit each week.
Q: What advice would you offer others working in your field?
Years ago I was the secretary at an Alzheimers assisted living facility. I didn't have much interaction with the patients because I was in the office. Eighteen years later, here I am with Hearts of Gold Home Care working in the field as a home care aide. This isn't just a job, this is a position of trust, not just for the care recipient but for their families. This "job" will change your life for the better, if you let it. It is by far my favorite, and the most rewarding job I have ever had.
February 18, 2017
Hearts of Gold care giver Elisa (she also goes by "Lisa") is a Phoenix, Arizona native. Currently residing in Tempe, she joined our team last fall.
Q: What motivates you to be a care giver?
I enjoy doing things for others and making people happy. It's very fulfilling to know I can contribute to someone's life in a positive way.
Q: How has care giving made an impression on your life?
There's a lesson in everything. Care giving has taught me that attitude and patience are very important traits.
Q: What defines you as a person?
I have a big heart and truly care for people. I love my family and friends. I like to express love and kindness everywhere I go, even if it's as simple as a smile.
Lisa's favorite foods? She's got great taste in our opinion- chocolate, pizza and hot wings!
When not on the job with our agency, Lisa enjoys reading, listening to music, spending time with family and doing arts and crafts with her children.
January 11, 2017
Julia recently joined our team at Hearts of Gold Home Care. She's our weekend girl, and stays at home with her daughter while her husband works during the week. She has received rave reviews from all of our clients and has already proved herself a very valuable asset to our care giving team!
Q: Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Roseville, California and grew up in Hemet. My family moved to Arizona about a year and a half ago for better job opportunities.
Q: What defines you as a person?
I always place others before myself. My elder family members have always been big role models for me. Being a mother to a three year old girl and wife to an amazing husband definitely defines who I am.
Q: What motivates you as a care giver?
Knowing that I can assist and take care of a client's physical needs, being by their side and also being there for them emotionally is my motivation. It is the utmost fulfillment knowing I can make a difference in someone's life!
December 22, 2016
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Marylou has been with Hearts of Gold since April of 2013. She is one of our lead care givers, providing advice and training to others.
Q: How has care giving made an impression on your life?
Care giving has given me an opportunity to help people, which is what I've always wanted to do. It goes beyond being a nurse because you get to spend more time with them, and it's more personalized because we are in their homes, they aren't just coming for an office visit.
Q: What advice would you give to young care givers?
Care for your client as if they were your own grandparents. Treat them the way you'd want somebody to treeat your own family.
Q: What are the standards of a Hearts of Gold care giver?
We provide so much more than just physical needs. Yes, we do assist with hygiene, meal prep and clean-up, but we also provide a sympathetic ear, a breath of fresh air, someone for them to share their stories with and the lessons they have learned in their lifetime.
November 7, 2016
Mary has been serving Sun Lakes and the Chandler, Arizona area as part of our Hearts of Gold Home Care team since September of 2008!
Q: What inspires or motivates you to be a care giver?
My inspiration for being a care giver is assisting my clients in living as independently as they can in the season of life where they find themselves. Being a care giver makes me keenly aware of the basic needs of every single person, no matter what their age is, and how I can make a difference in someone's today and tomorrow.
Q: What advice would you offer other home care aides about the importance of caring for others?
I would advise every care giver to treat each client with repect, remembering that they were once your age and, Lord willing, you will be their age one day. Each person has a unique history that has made them the person they are, so try to explore the wealth of their experiences and wisdom!
There is an increasing need for care givers today as our population is enabled to live longer and with more emphasis on the post-acute care needs in the absence of a care recipient's family members who are working or aren't locally available. Resources like Hearts of Gold are able to help meet a wide variety of needs.
Q: In a nutshell, what defines you as a person?
I'm an ordinary woman with faith in an extraordinary God, and I have a desire to help people. That is really what defines me.
Hearts of Gold Home Care appreciates the dedication and longevity of Mary's services to our company. We consider her also extraordinary <3
October 23, 2016
Southern California girl Delfina has been a Hearts of Gold care giver since July of 2013. She's fantasic with all aspects of care and is our lead care giver and a trainer for our agency.
Q: Why did you choose Care Giving?
"The elderly need love and care. Many are without family nearby. After my mother passed away, I felt in my heart even more compassion, and I wanted to give all the love and care I have in me".
Q: What advice would you offer to other care givers?
"Give lots of love to our elderly friends, because sometimes you, the care giver, are all they have. And, they deserve it!"
October 6, 2016
A care giver for Hearts of Gold Home Care since 2010, Velda is moving to Mississippi this month to be closer to her son and grand children. Hearts of Gold asked Velda a few questions in her exit interview. Velda represents the standard of what we desire in our agencie's care givers and will be deeply missed. We wish her all the best of luck and happiness in her retirement and thank her for her years of service caring for our clients.
Q: How did you get into the home health care field?
"My Dad wanted one of his girls to go into some kind of medical profession. I started working one month after graduating high school at 17 and got my experience mostly working in nursing homes in the 1970's. I also went to school for medical and dental assistance."
Q: What impact has caregiving made on your life?
"I feel the pain and loneliness of my (client's) families and friends. This stays with you and helps you to see the big picture much more clearly."
Q: What words of advice would you give to other care givers?
"Always be patient and kind. Give your clients as much as you can, and be thankful for your jobs."
September 21, 2016
Care Giver Consultant
We asked sarah what it means to be a care Giver. Here is what she told us;
"Being a care giver is one of the most rewarding careers! Caring for an elderly friend goes much deeper than just going to work everyday. Let's face it, we all need help at one point or another, so having that reliable, trusting, compassionate, loyal heart for someone takes a true Heart of Gold... and just like that, you've made a friend for life! That's one of the many reasons care giving to me is awesome. Another reason is watching your client's face light up with a smile the moment you walk through the door. At that point there's no doubt that you have their heart."
Sarah has been employed by Hearts of Gold Home care since April of 2012.
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