Congratulations to Kim Taylor, Seniors for Seniors’ July Employee of the Month.
Kim started with us in 2018 and is one of Seniors for Seniors' Driver Companions. Kim has since built a great rapport with our clients going above and beyond. She is very caring and compassionate. Kim is also very reliable and has helped out in a pinch many times.
We asked Kim to share her experience being a senior companion:
1. How did you hear about Seniors for Seniors and why did you decide to join the company?
Prior to retiring almost five years ago, I knew I wanted to continue working with people and contributing in a meaningful way to my community. I also wanted the freedom to explore many things that I already did in my life such as travel and art but wanted to do more. I found an advertisement for Driver Companions online with Indeed. I also love a good road trip! I attended the office in Kitchener and met with Tanya Meakin, well I was hooked from there! I found the staff warm and supportive and thoroughly enjoy the work I do. I was introduced to the "Home at Last" Program, taking clients home from the hospital and assisting with settling them back in. We can pick up groceries, prescriptions and make a warm meal, or clean out the fridge. I have dealt with people who have literally no one to help them, sincerely appreciative of the help we provide.
A wonderful part of the job is the flexibility. I advise of my availability and do not have to commit to a specific day or routine, this has allowed me to do many other things in my life.
2. What is your favourite companion/caregiver experience or story?
I can honestly say that each and every client provides me with a life lesson! A recent encounter with a lifelong farmer in his 90's who lives alone left me feeling very much appreciated. As I wrapped up my visit, making calls to ensure services were returned after his stay at the hospital he cried. Not going to lie, it made me tear up but I had to stay strong, seeing him settled back in his home was my reward. His heartfelt thank you was all I needed!
3. How has being a Seniors for Seniors caregiver enriched your life?
The work I do has enriched my life in many ways, I feel I am contributing to the "care" of another human who truly needs it. If I can get a smile, a chuckle, a full belly laugh while helping my clients my job is done, completely fulfilling.
Want to learn more about being a Senior Companion? You can visit our employment page here.