OHCA The Oregon Caregiver Spring Summer 2022

www.ohca.com SPRING/SUMMER 2022 The Oregon Caregiver 33 PROFILE Your team nominated you for the 2021 OHCA Caregiver of the Year Award. What did it feel like when you found out you got selected? At first, I didn’t believe it! I was surprised. It felt good; I’m happy my hard work eventually paid off and that it didn’t go unrecognized. I went above and beyond and when somebody didn’t get something done, I made sure it did. I just love being a team player. What are you looking forward to the most after the pandemic? I just hope to continue working and helping people out. I’m hoping we get new people who I can help uplift and be there for them, take care of them, and let them know we are family. We’re here to support them. I plan on sticking in here as long as I can support my team. I’m ready for whatever comes. What advice do you have for people who want to start a career in long term care? Come on and join the team! It might look hard going in, but once you get into it, I think you would love it because you have a chance to lift people up. You can make a difference from when the moment you get up in the morning to the end of the day. I have residents who miss me on my days off. They say, “come back and see me before you go” and that make me feel good. 