Caregiver Spotlight – Winnipeg, MB
Nurse Next Door’s People Promise focuses on our team; and we know that Caregivers are at the forefront of delivering our Happier Aging Philosophy and helping keep seniors at home.
Highlighting our Caregivers across North America aligns with our initiative of Caregiving as a Career.
We want to introduce you to who they are; why they love what they do; what #HappierAging looks like to them.
With that, we are thrilled to introduce this month’s Nurse Next Door’s Caregiver Spotlight:
Crystal P, Caregiver: Winnipeg!
Tell Us About Yourself:
My name is Crystal, and I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I’ve been a Caregiver with Nurse Next Door since Spring 2020.
What Do You Love About Your Job?
I absolutely love my job. It has never felt like a job to me because I get to work in the community by giving people a better quality of life.
Do You Have a Favourite Memory with a Client?
When I started helping this particular client, one of the things she asked me to do was to cook for her, and this became something to look forward to for both of us. I cooked her a few vegan dishes and she then decided that I should cook all of the dishes this way, not just for health reasons, but because it was delicious too! We have a lovely time planning meals together with recipes, grocery shopping, and cooking. She would insist that I stay and eat with her as well. Her son has come to enjoy my cooking when he comes to visit, and sometimes we cook his favourite dishes too.
What Does #HappierAging Mean to You?
My client and I have grown close even though I haven’t known her for very long. I’m proud to call her my friend. I’ve told her if she ever needs something that I’m only a phone call away. I run errands for her whenever she needs something. We send each other funny memes or jokes. She has told me her life story and I have told her mine. I have met her family and she’s seen pictures of mine.
Over the duration of our visits, she went from being bedridden to being her normal and vibrant self again. She attributes this 180 degree turn-around to all the healthy cooking I’ve done for her. I know that her inner strength and determination must have helped a lot too. Nothing has made me happier than to see her health bounce back the way it did.
What Advice Do You Have To New Caregivers?
Exude love for the person you’re caring for. When you love someone, you’ll do anything for them. That’s when it stops becoming a job and starts becoming a question of is there anything else I could do to make my friend more comfortable or happy? There’s no need to wait to be asked to help your client. My client often tells me that she has a difficult time asking for help because she has always been such a strong and independent woman. So if you see a full laundry basket or an unmade bed, if the kitchen has dirty dishes — you know what to do.
Most importantly though, if you can sense that your client is not themselves that day, take some time to find out why and see if there’s anything you can do to help them. Even if they need someone to simply sit with them and listen; to be compassionate. Make your client your priority. Treat them like family. Develop a wonderful relationship with them.
A few things will happen when you do all this. You’ll start loving going to work, you’ll find that you’ve got a new friend who gives you the wisdom and advice that friends your age won’t, and not only have you made them happier, but you’ll be happier too. I can’t express the difference you can make in someone’s life and the rewarding feeling you’ll take away from this.
Thank you Crystal for #MakingLivesBetter in Winnipeg, Manitoba!