Senior caregivers provide one-on-one care services to seniors in their homes and because of this, often do not enjoy the benefits of interacting with their other team members each day. But top performers are noticed, because senior's provide positive feedback along with Care Managers and friends and family who interact with the senior and caregiver.
California's association for senior home care agencies celebrated a star-performing caregiver last week during their annual conference in Monterey, California. CAHSAH's 2013 Annual Conference honored Andria Pharris, a professional caregiver employed by Sheridan Care In-Home Health Care. Caregiverlist was also honored to be able to meet Andria and experience her warmth and sunny outlook on the fulfillment of working as a professional senior caregiver.
CAHSAH Caregiver of the Year Winner Andria Harris Interview
How many years have you worked as a senior caregiver? 9 years.
What led you to employment in the senior care industry? I worked in the airline industry and then after my son was born my Mother encouraged me to look into working as a senior caregiver. I obtained a Certified Nursing Aide certificate and worked at a rehabilitation center in Santa Monica, California. I then joined the senior home care agency.
What makes you a star-performing caregiver? I really endorse senior home care because it allows the senior to remain in their own home and open their own refrigerator door, garden in their own yard and just enjoy their own home. I find it most fulfilling to share in communicating with them and sharing their day with them. It is a spiritual experience to spend time with my senior clients. I enjoy setting a positive example for my son.
Congratulations to Andria Harris for also setting an example for all of us in maintaining a positive attitude and giving a winning smile to everyone she meets.
Liz Cantz, senior vice president of marketing for Sheridan Care says, "We are proud of Andria. She emulates everything a caregiver should be."
Caregiverlist's community of caregivers also share their caregiving stories about working as a senior caregiver with some of their favorite clients. If you know anyone who may be interested in working as a professional caregiver, you may refer-a-friend to Caregiverlist and win prizes weekly and monthly.
Congratulations Andria Harris!
Senior caregivers greet each day with new challenges - the one guarantee is that no two days will ever be the same when you are caring for a senior. Caregiverlist invites professional senior caregivers and family caregivers to take a moment away from the stress of caregiving to enjoy our relaxing photo of the week, of a beautiful scene in India. Remember, more senior caregivers are needed and if you have taken a break from caregiving and are ready to apply for a part-time or full-time senior caregiving job in your area, you may do so on Caregiverlist.com and you may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly. Caregiverlist's Career Center also provides information about working as a senior caregiver and certified online caregiver training.
"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you."
Medicaid- and state-funded programs that pay for home-based services for elderly individuals who might otherwise require nursing home care have been, until recently, available in many states. However, many home and community care programs find themselves on the chopping block due to state budget cuts.
New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will have to close 105 of the city’s 256 senior centers if the state does not restore $27 million in funding. The senior centers are integral to keeping low income seniors living at home by providing hot meals, exercise classes to assist in healthy aging, and the opportunity to socialize.
The Illinois Department of Aging’s Community Care program, which pays for home health care workers for the elderly, has run out of money, according to WBEZ Chicago public radio report. Ironically, unless funding is restored, the state could find itself paying more for senior care if those elderly wind up in nursing homes.
Senior home care costs $15 - $25 per hour for hourly care and $150 - $350 per day for 24-hour live-in care. That compares to $180 - $400 per day for nursing home care. And that’s if you can find an available bed in a quality nursing home. A recent article by Philip Moeller in U.S. News and World Report delved into the shortage of space in nursing homes nationwide.
It’s no secret that seniors prefer to age in place, in their own home and community. Studies have shown that home- and community-based care can lead to better health outcomes. As the population ages, there will be a greater need for home- and community-based care. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that roughly 9.5 million people in the U.S. will turn 85 over the next 10 years. The question remains: How will an aging population on a limited income pay for the much-needed in home care?
Lawmakers hold the key to finding and diverting money in their budgets to senior services. In Georgia, Patricia Lyons, who runs Senior Citizens Inc. and supplies Meals on Wheels to many Savannah seniors was prepared for the worst. She was looking at the elimination of much of the program when federal funding was scheduled to run out and the governor didn’t replace the money with state funds. She was worried that the most vulnerable of the city’s elderly would lose their lifeline. Her drivers not only delivered food, but checked to make sure the seniors were healthy.
Legislators agreed that the service was too important to cut and found funding by cutting other contracts in their budget. The Meals on Wheels program in Georgia was saved.
If you know Caregiverlist at all, you know that we are huge advocates of senior home care — we support caregivers, agencies and seniors alike. If you care about quality home care and want to see continued funding, we ask you contact your state legislature or your state’s Department on Aging and let them know how important it is to keep funding these programs.