Nurse Next Door’s People Promise focuses on our People; and we know that Caregivers are at the forefront of delivering our Happier Aging Philosophy and helping keep seniors at home. As our organization drives Caregiving as a career, we want to highlight Caregivers across North America: who they are; why they love what they do; what Happier Aging looks like for them.
We are thrilled to introduce Nurse Next Door’s Caregiver Spotlight!
Angel C, Caregiver – Winnipeg!
Tell Us About Yourself:
My name is Angel Chartrand I’m a mother to 6 amazing children, with which 4 of those 6 are my step children, I have an amazing partner who motivates me to be a better person everyday! How I started to get into being a Caregiver, I’ve seen my grandmother sick in a PCH & she would have loved to be in her own home, but at the time I wasn’t certified or aware of the care she would have needed, so I then pursued my career in Health Care Aide. Now I will be able to take care of my parents or any loved one in the comfort of their own home.
I’m currently living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, most of my life I’ve lived in Brandon, MB with my parents along with my 2 older brothers.
What Do You Love About Your Job?
The fact that I can make someone’s life living at home easier & safer. I really love the interaction with the clients, learning about their past, overall just sharing stories. The one on one care that you can provide and stay focused on their daily living needs.
Tell us a Happier Aging story you had with a client and what made it special?
Having my client being able to share stories about her late husband, Its tough at times to share stories about a loved one that has passed on without shedding tears. I assured her that it was fine to cry and nothing to be ashamed about. It made it special because her husbands name was the same name as my grandfather, when I told her they shared the same name and that he was very dear to my heart, her smile lit up!
What advice would you give to new caregivers starting in the industry?
Take good care of yourself too. Find time for yourself. It can be something as simple as reading a book or going for a walk. Never forget yourself!
It takes a kind, patient person with a big heart to do what caregivers do!
Thank you Angel for making lives better in Winnipeg, Manitoba!