Bethany [Schad, owner] and I recently chatted with three of our caregivers about why they chose caregiving as a profession and how they feel about working for Dignity Home Care Professionals. The abbreviated version of this interview can be found in the 2018 Fall Issue of Pittsburgh’s Fifty Five Plus Magazine.
DHCP: Why did you become a caregiver?
Joel Carroll: After a 22-year career as a professional land surveyor, I moved out west after my kids were grown. I started working for a non-profit that provided services for the elderly and that led to my working with private clients.
Kelly Weaver: I was a respiratory therapist for 23 years in a hospital. I’m a nurturer, but I didn’t like working in the hospital for a big corporation. I find that I prefer working one-on-one with my in-home clients. I love these old people! I love learning from them. I love this job. My clients give me so much by sharing where they’ve been and what they know.
Deborah Cale: I started caregiving part-time when my kids were small. It changed my life.
DHCP: In what way, Deborah?
Deborah: It was a wonderful feeling filling a need for people who were socially isolated. My clients were all private duty, and I took care of my father when he was dying. It’s just rewarding. I get far more out of it than what I put into it.
DHCP: What made you choose Dignity?
Kelly: I love it here! I didn’t want to work for another big corporation. You were local and I liked that.