Jan 5, 2018 by Shannon Haws
Every month, we take some time to highlight one of our amazing employees! This month, our employee highlight is of Linda S., a caregiver based out of our Waite Park location.
I'm a retired speech therapist, so caregiving is my second career. When I was a speech therapist in a local school district, I envied the paraprofessionals because they spent all their time with people and did very little paperwork. When the opportunity came for me to work as a caregiver, I knew it would be a good fit.
Today my schedule took me to the VA to see Chuck. He’s on the hospice floor. I've always imagined hospice to be depressing with everyone bedridden. Nope! Everyone is “up and at 'em”, as one veteran likes to say. I forget that all these people have been told by their doctor that they have a short time to live. They all partake in daily social activities under the direction of the activity's team.
Chuck is a Navy veteran. After the Navy he had a furniture upholstering business. Even today he still enjoys sewing and has his own sewing machine in the craft room on the first floor. He takes orders from fellow VA residents for bags that fit on the front of their walkers.
When I arrived, Chuck was laying on his bed resting. He sat up and asked if I wanted to play cards. I enjoy playing cards and he knows it. I helped him put in his hearing aides and we got right to work on SkipBo. He doesn't like to lose so I am glad that he won two games out of three. Then we went for popcorn and hot chocolate with the rest of the veterans in the dining room.
Chuck told me that he had Thanksgiving turkey with his wife and his daughter's family. He told me about his grandson who is joining the Navy. He told me about buying his wife a Christmas gift. He told me that he had gone downstairs to sew this morning.
Before I left I gave Chuck two hugs. He likes hugs.
The best part, of course, is knowing that I brightened his world today.
To learn more about how Comfort Keepers could assist a loved one in the St. Cloud or Brainerd areas, please call (320) 230-9939.