March 2021 - Tracey
Tracey Ann strongly believes she has found her calling as a CAREGiver for Home Instead® of Etobicoke, and no one at the award-winning franchise would argue differently. In fact, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Luckshan Raveendran recently announced Tracey Ann had been honoured as the franchise's CAREGiver of the Month for March.
Explaining what led up to her entry into professional senior care as a Home Instead CAREGiver in November 2020, Tracey Ann said: "My best friend, Sherma, works at the Home Instead Pickering office, and Sherma had first introduced me to the company in 2019. She had always been encouraging me to apply because she knows how caring and passionate I am about helping others, especially the elderly."
Referring to her earliest family caregiving experiences, Tracey Ann recalled: "From a young, tender age, I recall assisting my mother with taking care of my grandmother when my mother had to go to work. Usually, after school I would go home to feed my grandmother and keep her company until the rest of the family came home."
About 14 years ago, Tracey Ann had her sights set on becoming a care professional when she was in nursing school. "But after having my son, I decided to open my own daycare facility. In that situation, I was the sole caregiver for seven toddlers and newborns for about three years. After immigrating to Canada, I continued on this path where I worked as a caregiver-nanny for four years," Tracey Ann explained.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Tracey Ann had given serious thought to applying at Home Instead. When Tracey Ann at last sought to work at Home Instead and received a job offer, she said, "I was overwhelmed with joy as I strongly believe this is my calling and thus my God-given gift. Taking care of my clients gives me so much pleasure, and I have continued to see how my assistance allows seniors to remain in the comfort of their own homes."
Throughout her first four months at Home Instead, Tracey Ann said, she felt blessed to work with exceptional clients. "As a Home Instead CAREGiver," Tracey Ann said, "I really enjoy and take pride in how happy and comfortable I am able to make my clients feel." In addition to Tracey Ann's strong companionship skills, she provides safety assurance, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and transportation and errands.
Tracey Ann and other Etobicoke CAREGivers offer personal assistance with eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, incontinence care, dementia support, cognitive impairment, hospice support and mobility. By expertly doing so, these Ontario CAREGivers not only assist their clients, but help their clients' families eliminate worry, reduce stress and re-establish personal freedom.
"I have been placed with numerous clients during the past four months with whom I have enjoyed working. However, I must say my favourite client has always expressed how much she appreciates my help and the work I do. She exclaims that she cannot thank me enough for making her feel safe and always having positive energy around her," Tracey Ann said.
Tracey Ann feels strongly about being a part of the CAREGiver team for owner Brenda Enright's Etobicoke franchise, a member of a highly successful network founded in 1994 in the United States by Paul and Lori Hogan. The Home Instead network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,200 independently owned and operated franchises that provide more than 80 million hours of care annually throughout Canada and 13 other countries.