"I am continually struck by the professionalism, high level of caring and exemplary caregivers that I have met from Home Instead. My mom couldn't live without them, and neither could I.
Right from an early age Amen enjoyed problem solving and this led to her interest
in pursuing a specialization in Business and Economics. While completing her studies Amen first confronted
the challenges of ageing, as her grandfather had a fall followed by deteriorating cognitive and physical health. This impacted
Amen deeply and she took time-off from college to care for her ailing
grandfather. She had cared for her grandfather for nearly a year by the time of
his passing, and the experience left Amen with a strong desire to make a
difference in the lives of others, especially the elderly.
Amen's work before Home Instead involved roles in a variety of industries including financial services in India, apparel designer in New York and business
solutions in Singapore. Through this time, she remained true to her quest
of helping others by volunteering with organizations such as the Red Cross and
Rotary. In coming to Home Instead, Amen was elated at the
opportunity to manage her own business operation which also matched her strong
passion for service to the senior community.
At work, Amen’s focus is on running a
smooth operation, with an emphasis on quality care for our clients and the
effective management of our caregivers. In her free time, Amen likes gardening,
hiking, listening to music and spending time with her family.
in Toronto and Trinidad, Alaina is grateful for the care providers who enabled
her grandmother to stay home throughout her battle with cancer. With
nearly twenty years of experience working with seniors, Alaina is most proud of
having co-established the first Adult Day Program in Fort McMurray, assisted in
the development of Alberta’s first provincial dementia training program and
successfully led hundreds of Health Care Aides through government mandated
an honours degree in Recreation and a Bachelor of Education, Alaina’s career
began as a Recreation Therapist where she developed care plans for people with
various ailments including COPD, dementia, stroke, ALS, bipolar disorder etc.
Alaina was a regular guest speaker for a depression clinic and sat on a
palliative care board for Alberta Health Services. A member of the Alzheimer
Society, Alaina developed partnerships with Assisted Living Centres, local
students and a hospital based Continuing Care Unit. Additional certifications
in Leadership and Adult Education led to a career as a Staff Educator at a
Private Long Term Care Facility in Calgary; here Alaina assumed additional
responsibilities in change management as a Health & Safety Coordinator and
Internal Auditor. Alaina has also been a Patient Care Coordinator in
avid solo adventure traveller, Alaina has explored the Amazon by motorcycle,
summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and survived wind storms while cycling Iceland.
Currently her passions are competing in Ironman 70.3 triathlons, cooking and
caring for others.
Shivani is a recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology and minoring in Health Science. She became a part of the Home Instead Senior Care team as a CAREGiver in May of 2015 and began working as the service coordinator in August of 2017. With a passion for life and giving back to society, she looks forward to growing her experience in senior care. Shivani has a keen sense of community involvement and making a difference in the lives of others. She has travelled to the South Pacific and volunteered in orphanages and senior care homes, a field she has found her passion in making a difference in. When not working Shivani spends her time with her grandma, travelling, teaching dance, participating in recreational activities and sports, and volunteering with many causes close to her heart.
The fundamental trait that Amen and
Harpreet look for in their caregivers is the passion for caring. “Would I be happy
with this person caring for my parents?” is the key assessment they make, when
interacting with someone keen on joining the Home Instead Burnaby & South
Vancouver family. While potential caregivers end up being variedly experienced
it is the vibe of passion for caring, that eventually determines their
Through diligent efforts Amen and Harpreet
have put together an eclectic team of passionate, kind hearted and reliable
caregivers. These wonderful individuals from all walks of life, with diverse
cultural backgrounds, language capabilities and life experiences, are united in
the singular cause of enhancing the lives of ageing adults in their community.
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