Meet Donna Smith, Franchise Owner at Home Instead Senior Care in Berkshire County.

In this blog, she shares her experiences as a CAREGiver and hopes to inspire you too.


Developing My Heart of a CAREGiver

By Donna Smith

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When my husband, Steve and I began Home Instead 18 years ago, I came from a career in teaching.  I did not have any experience being a CAREGiver.  Quite honestly, I hadn’t even grown up near my grandparents and I felt as though even my interactions with older people was sporadic rather than a daily experience.

However, I knew I had a nurturing spirit and a love of people.  I did not hesitate to jump into being a CAREGiver.  

I quickly learned that most of the skills I needed I had from running a household and raising a family.  I could plan, shop for and prepare a meal.  I could do the laundry and perform housekeeping duties satisfactorily.

I must admit that helping someone shower or to the bathroom made me a bit nervous.  Our nurse had given me the training I needed to perform this task but this wasn’t where my anxiety came from.  

These personal care tasks are such an intimate part of our humanity and we take care of ourselves from a young age.  I asked myself how I could help someone in this way without embarrassing them or feeling embarrassed myself.  Could I take over this care for them and preserve their dignity at the same time?

I now know that it is a gift to develop a relationship with another person that they allow you to help them at their most vulnerable times.  I will always remember those clients who patiently allowed me to develop this appreciation as I began my new career.

Do you have inner resources to give to our vulnerable older population?  We’d love to teach you how to do these tasks.  You just need to bring your heart.

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