Generations Home Care

Elderly Woman Reading Book On Sofa

Team Member of the Month: January

My name is Cyndi and I am 28 years old. I’v recently moved to the Tacoma area after living in the small town of Ocean shores for 13 years. While I lived in Ocean Shores, I worked as a caregiver and med tech at a assisted living facility for six years while also working at a home care agency. Additionally, I worked for one year in memory care.

I have two children: a seven year old son and a two year old daughter. I am currently engaged and my fiance and I  are planning a Vegas wedding! It’s happening this summer and I’m super excited to fly down there since I’ve never been on a plane.

Before I started providing care, I worked as a deep clean attendant for a time share in Ocean Shores. My duties were to steam clean furniture in empty units, scrub the tile and grout with a toothbrush, wash the woodwork with Murphy’s oil soap, clean the sliders inside and out, clean the porches, take apart the fridge and freezer piece by piece to clean it, and to clean the ovens. This was a low paying job and didn’t give me a sense of purpose. Because of how stressful it was, I didn’t stay there long.

My advice for any future Generations Home Care workers is to be honest about what you are looking for in a client. It is really rewarding and meaningful to work with clients that you are a good fit for. There are so many people out there who need good care. The best way to provide care to is to be patient, kind, and to go at the client’s pace. The most challenging aspect of working for Generations Home Care is trying to find the balance between helping out with extra shifts and knowing my limits. I would love to be able to say yes every time I receive a shift request, but I know that burning myself out and neglecting my personal life is not very healthy.  So far, my favorite thing about working for Generations Home Care has been how easy it is to communicate through text, email, or calls; someone is always there to help. Everyone you talk to knows you by name which makes me know I am a team member, not just a worker. I feel that Generations Home Care does an excellent job of trying to accommodate both the clients and caregivers, whatever their need may be. I have met some of the most wonderful clients and I truly enjoy my job here. There are some days I feel drained because the work can be challenging. However, I know that the good has far outweighed the bad and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

I love coming to work knowing that I make a difference in someone’s life. People have shown me kindness during the difficult parts of my life and I like doing the same for my clients. It’s not easy to lose independence and dignity as one ages, but I make sure they know that I’m there for them because I care.

My future goals are to learn more about caregiving, teaching, and training. Above all, I want to continue helping others. When I’m not providing care, I enjoy shopping, reading, watching movies, bowling, dining out, and taking walks in the summertime. I’m excited for what the new year has in store of me!