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Spotlight On Our Caregivers-Jillian

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Jamie

Spotlight-JillianArmistead Senior Care continues to shine a spotlight on our incredible Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day. They are out in the community making a difference by sharing their compassion and skills in caring for our clients and allowing them to age in place. Today’s spotlight belongs to Jillian.

Although Jillian has only been with Armistead since June, she is a highly motivated young woman. She has recently earned her LNA license and has applied to enter nursing school this fall. Jillian comes from a family of nurses and ultimately, she would like to become a Certified Geriatric Nurse.

 

Jillian has strong family roots and deep connections with her extended family; respect and compassion were fostered from a young age. She fondly recalls spending Sundays with a beloved family member in her nineties.

 

Jillian was an important part of her Thetford Academy basketball team, culminating with the team winning the Vermont Division III State Championships in her senior year. With a love for sports and coaching, she enrolled at Coastal Carolina University to study Business and Sports Management. Ultimately, she decided that wasn’t for her and she returned home geared towards a new path.

 

Jillian loves to cook and bake, for both her family and her clients. She bakes a lot of muffins and scones for all and enjoys making stews and chowders. Jillian goes above and beyond for her clients; she incorporates servings for them when cooking at home. She loves arriving with food her clients especially like as it puts a smile on their faces, which in turn, puts a smile on Jillian’s.

 

When not cooking, baking, studying, walking with her two dogs, and Caregiving, Jillian also volunteers as a youth basketball coach. This season she will coach 5th and 6th grade boys on the school level plus 5th and 6th girls in the AAU basketball league.

 

Jillian really loves her job and her clients. She enjoys meeting people, hearing about their life experiences and learning from them. The most important qualities of a Caregiver according to Jillian are patience, understanding, and flexibility because every client is different and every day is different.

 

We are grateful for Jillian’s dedication and skill as an Armistead Caregiver. Thank you, Jillian!

Caregiver’s of the Year – 2016

Posted on: December 30th, 2016 by Jamie

Armistead Senior Care is proud to announce the Caregiver’s of the Year for 2016.

Please join us in recognizing Karey Young as the 2016 Vermont Caregiver of the Year and Dee Druge as the 2016 New Hampshire Caregiver of the Year. We are very grateful for their skill, compassion, and dedication as Armistead Caregiver’s.

 

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Thank You and Congratulations to Karey and Dee!

Spotlight on Our Caregivers-Maria

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 by Jamie

caregiver heartArmistead Senior Care would like to shine a spotlight on our incredible Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day.

 

Maria has been with Armistead since 2014 and feels that the most important qualities of a Caregiver are patience, empathy, and respect. She exhibits all of these important qualities while meeting and developing relationships with her clients-learning about their lives, providing assistance to them and honoring who they are now.

 
Her father was in the United States Information Agency, therefore Maria and her siblings grew up in such places as Thailand, Germany, and Iceland. She graduated from high school in Tokyo, Japan. In the U.S., Maria has lived in Boston, MA and on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she graduated with a degree in Dance.

 
After college, Maria used her degree at the Kids Moving Company in Bethesda, Maryland. Her focus was on creative movement, motor development and dance with children two to 12 years of age. Maria has also been a Para Educator/Reading Tutor in elementary through high school settings. She has also worked with the developmentally disabled using visual motor integration.

 
Maria is currently enrolled in the Master of Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (PCMH) through Southern New Hampshire University. Ultimately, she is interested in helping people living through trauma.

 
In addition to her Caregiving with Armistead and her schoolwork, Maria is a volunteer with the Vermont chapter of NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness where she helps run support groups and trains new facilitators.

 
During her limited free time, Maria enjoys walking and doing yoga for her mind and body. She carves time out of her busy schedule to spend time with special friends and family. Maria and her husband are grateful their son, a UVM graduate student in Applied Math and daughter, a Biochemistry major at Norwich University are still living at home, at least for the time being.

 

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We wish Maria all the best with her studies; we know she will make an excellent Counselor. For now, we are very lucky to have her and we are grateful for Maria’s dedication, skill and compassion as an Armistead Caregiver.

 

Thank you Maria!

 

Spotlight on Our Caregivers-Ann

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 by Jamie

caregiver heartIn conjunction with National Family Caregiver Month, Armistead Senior Care would like to shine a spotlight on our Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day. Many started out by being a family caregiver and now they are out in the community making a difference by sharing their compassion and skills in caring for our clients and allowing them to age in place.

 
This week the spotlight belongs to Ann. She has been an Armistead Caregiver since 2011 and earned our New Hampshire Caregiver of the Year Award for 2015.

 
Ann holds a BA in Children’s Literature & Elementary Education from Castleton State College. Some of her favorite children’s books are: The Wind in the Willows, Anne of Green Gables and works by Lewis Carroll. Throughout her education, she took quite a few Special Education classes, including assistive technologies for learning disabilities. Ann has worked at Vermont Technical College as an Adjunct Professor and in the Public Services Department.

 
Caregiver farmOutside of her work-life, she loves cooking, baking, and reading. Ann probably reads five or six books a week and loves her e-reader which enables her to carry hundreds of books in her purse. Her home life is pretty special, as she lives on and assists with her family’s multi-generational farm. Her community is also lucky to have her; she was elected to her local school board 10 years ago at the age of 23. Even with all the changes currently happening with education governance, she plans to stay on the board.

 
For Ann, the joy of being a Caregiver is helping her clients to remain independently in their homes. She really enjoys cooking for them using their recipes and favorite foods as a way to learn about and connect with them. Plus, she knows they are eating well and she is making a positive impact on their lives.
Ann is admittedly a people-person. She feels the most important qualities of a Caregiver are compassion and flexibility along with strong observation skills; these traits enable a Caregiver to provide the best care.

 
The first Caregiving job Ann held was at age 13 when she provided companionship as well as a safety presence to a relative on their farm. Ann and her relative sold sweet corn from their post on the front porch of the farmhouse. Ann grew up and went on to do other things but this experience obviously made a lasting impression on her. She really likes what she is doing with her life right now. In the future, Ann may pursue a Master’s Degree and go into Counseling or become a Chaplain, working in the hospice field. We are quite sure Ann would excel in either of those fields of care but for now, we are grateful for Ann’s dedication and skill as an Armistead Caregiver.

 

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Spotlight on Our Caregivers-Karey

Posted on: November 10th, 2016 by Jamie

CaregiverIn conjunction with National Family Caregiver Month, Armistead Senior Care would like to shine a spotlight on our incredible Caregivers who give their hearts and souls to our clients each and every day. Many started out by being a family caregiver and now they are out in the community making a difference by sharing their compassion and skills in caring for our clients and allowing them to age in place.

 

Karey has been with Armistead Senior Care for seven years and has been a Caregiver for nine. She enjoys getting to meet different people and getting to know them. Karey likes to be out and about, traveling to client’s homes and bringing them places. She really enjoys the connections that she makes with her clients. She considers the flexible schedule a bonus.
Important qualities of a Caregiver according to Karey are kindness, respectfulness, and compassion. She works hard to portray these qualities while working, being mindful of treating others the way she would want to be treated if she were in their position.
Karey grew up on a dairy farm in Craftsbury, Vermont, the youngest of five. She went on to study Elementary Education at the University of Vermont and then Lyndon State and ultimately received a Secretarial Specialist degree from Champlain College. She raised five children and is proud to have home schooled her children, before it was so popular.
Her previous careers have included teacher, postal worker, and real estate assistant and agent. She was the administrative assistant to the Executive Director of the Vermont Mozart Festival for over six years-she enjoyed many wonderful concerts! Karey has been a Mary Kay consultant for 20 years; she attends Mary Kay New England Career Conferences and the Mary Kay Seminar in Dallas, Texas.
Karey’s mom had a gift shop and it was here that Karey acquired a love for quilts. She took a class and made her first quilt in 1986 and hasn’t stopped since. She is a member (and former President) of the Champlain Valley Quilting Guild. Karey and the Guild often do special quilt projects such as “Community Quilts” which are donated to agencies such as our local Ronald McDonald House, Lund Family Center, Hope Lodge and more. They have also donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation whose mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

 

The Guild also creates and donates quilts for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s. These are referred to as activity, fidget, sensory or lap quilts. Karey generously brings them in so we can offer them to Armistead clients. The Guild also takes bus trips together that involve quilting; they have traveled to Gettysburg, PA, Paducah, KY (home of the National Quilt Museum, the largest quilt and fiber art museum in the world) and Lancaster County, PA to name a few of their destinations.

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One of Karey’s most treasured creations was a lovely partnership. Her mom was more of a seamstress who also did applique. When her mom passed away, Karey found stacks of appliqued butterfly squares which were made out of scraps from flour and sugar sacks. Karey turned her mom’s squares into a quilt for herself and made one for her sister too.

 

Karey was our Vermont October GEM award winner. We are grateful for Karey’s dedication and skill as an Armistead Caregiver. Thank you Karey!               Spotligh

 
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