My name is Monica Baker. I live in Olympia with my husband and two feline furbabies, Squeakers and Princess. I wanted to be a writer when I was younger, but I found that I was too rambunctious to sit in an office. When my husband suggested caregiving because he thought I was nurturing. At first, I was unsure, but I soon found the work to be challenging and fulfilling. I have been a caregiver since 2013 and I haven’t looked back. I have worked with the elderly, special needs children, and young adults with disabilities.
Recently, I was tasked with practicing speech exercises with one of Generation’s clients who suffered a stroke. At first, he would stumble through repeating a list of words I’d tell him. After a couple weeks he got those words down clearly. Then he started working on finishing phrases. For example, I’d say “To make an omelette you have to crack a few…” and he’d say “eggs”. Eventually, this became an easy automatic process that allowed him to be more confident. After a month of speech therapy appointments, he began speaking complete sentences and was happier because he could communicate.
I felt very proud of him when his speech therapist told me he was doing great and my heart was warmed to see him make real progress. I also felt blessed to be apart of his therapeutic healing. You never know how you can make a difference in someones life with caregiving. You just have to show up and give it your all.
Working with Generations Homecare has instilled in me the values of communication, integrity, quality and respect. I’ve seen that they strive to provide for quality care their clients and to show respect for their employees. Because of their honest communication between all parties, I think this company will stick around to serve many more people.