Senior home care taught me to stop and smell the roses!
I learned so many lessons from my clients while working in senior home care. As a Certified Nursing Assistant - CNA, my clients taught me to not take my dreams for granted.
Lessons learned from my clients
The first time that a client told me that she regretted the opportunities for joy that she missed along the way, I didn’t worry about it. Then, it happened again. One of my other clients, a lawyer still practicing law in his 80s, told me that he wished that he spent more time away from work and with his wife. When I worked in senior home care as a caregiver for the third time, it happened yet again. My client regretted wasting time doing things that he wasn’t passionate about. Now, I had to pay attention to my life.
In most of my jobs as a caregiver in senior home care, my clients told me that they regretted "playing it safe" throughout their lives. It is a privilege to work in this field. I want my clients' wisdom to propel me to try new things. I am excited to take the time to see the world. I also look forward to protecting time for my family and friends. I’ve already started and you can do it too.
What I learned from my clients while working in senior home care is that I should “stop and smell the roses” every single day.
My name is Augustina Fynn. I’m a CNA and have been a caregiver for six years. By sharing lessons that I've learned while working in senior home care, I hope to inspire others to be effective caregivers with intentional and balanced lives. What lessons did you learn from your clients?
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Ama Adepa Gryn
Ama Adepa Gryn is a CNA graduate of the Fomen Nursing Assistant Academy, a full-time college student studying at Montgomery College, and has expertise in both personal financial management and caregiver recruiting.
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