By Susan Crowley
“The word caregiver is not only a job description, but a definition of who these remarkable people truly are.”
“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside,” says motivational speaker Denis Waitley. Two caregivers referred by Griswold Home Care of the Pocono Mountains bring their smiles to their clients every day. The word caregiver is not only a job description, but a definition of who these remarkable people truly are. Professional caregivers start their day with a mission to provide quality care for people in need. The Griswold philosophy ensures clients that they will receive “outstanding, compassionate service while maintaining dignity, comfort and well-being, at an affordable cost.” It is the caregivers’ obligation to uphold the company’s values and coalesce their own unique, personal qualities that make them the “givers of care.”
Doris began her journey with Griswold four years ago after moving to the United States from Kenya. According to her, compassion, love of God, and extreme patience are important qualities when working with her clients. “You know that you have them under your care it’s a great responsibility. They are depending on me,” Doris states respectfully. At the end of the day, she is happy to have helped, pleased, and comforted, knowing that she is leaving those she cares for in a better place than they had been in the beginning of their day.
The attachment that Doris forms with her clients is rewarding, but also sometimes painful. She says that when clients are very ill, it is heartbreaking knowing that she may not be with them in the near future. At times like these, Doris says she lets God know that she is happy that He chose her to spend the last days with them.
Henry’s description with Griswold defines him as a “live in”; one who moves into the client’s home and becomes an integral part of his or her life. The bond that develops is very close. Henry says, without hesitation, that being a good caregiver means that “sacrificing yourself to abide by the needs of others is number one.” He explains that “changing your way of life to accept and deal with what is going on with the client is what’s important. It’s no longer about you.” Like any job, there are good days and bad days. With a smile and a little laugh Henry confesses, “Some days I wake up and pray to the Lord, God please give us a good day!”
American author Leo Buscalglia says, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” According to Henry, “You never expect to encounter a time when you cannot help yourself. It is important that we as human beings help one another.” 6
Griswold Home Care of the Pocono Mountains is located at 78 South Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. For more information, call (570) 424-7678 or visit www.griswoldhomecare.com