Each month we will be introducing you to a team member, so you can get to know us a bit better. Today we are kicking off the series with Kim, the owner of Home Instead Vancouver.
1. What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is when I tell the family member that we can help and that they can again be the son or the daughter. The relief that you feel from them when I say those words means so much to me. It is so unbelievably hard for them to realize that they do not have to be the caregivers.
2. What is your favorite travel destination?
I think I would have to say Cuba. The people are so unbelievably nice and their water is amazingly beautiful.
3. Coffee or Tea?
Coffee hands down. I love my coffee first thing in the morning. The taste and smell just brings on my day.
4. Are you an early or late riser?
I love getting up really early in the morning before anyone else is up. It is so peaceful.
5. Favorite book?
Dying to be Me- A must read!!!
6. What was your first job?
I worked at a Golf Course when I was 12. I helped the lady that worked in the kitchen there and she paid me a $1 a week. My dad made me quit but then the owners actually hired me and I got paid like everyone else. It was a fun job.
7. Favorite Restaurant?
I would have to pick my daughter's cooking over any restaurant. She makes everything taste amazing. It is really hard to go out anywhere else - every time my husband and I do we also say “Jessica can do so much better”.
8. One thing you couldn't live without?
My family means everything to me and I cannot live without having them around.
9. Best piece of advice?
My Great Grandmother told me that laughter is the best thing - and even better is when you can laugh at yourself. In other words, don’t be too serious.
10. What is the one thing someone should be aware of when looking for a caregiver?
When finding a CareGiver it is important to make sure that the personalities are the right match. It is so important not to just find just anyone, make sure that the interest are the same and that your parent can get along with the person that you are hiring. That is very important to us to make sure that we have the right match. When you have the right match the seniors are so happy. They love going out again and doing great things, you can see them come to life again.
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