What is your favorite part about working at MemoryCare?
Rebecca: My favorite part about working at MemoryCare is being part of a care team that genuinely works hard to provide support to patients and caregivers through their memory loss journey.
Kali: My favorite part about working at MemoryCare is being in clinic with the patients and caregivers. These appointments are so incredibly important for evaluating things and allow us to provide the support and resources each family needs.
Why did you want to work at MemoryCare?
Rebecca: I have always had the desire to work with the geriatric population and show support and respect to our aging seniors. MemoryCare does that in such a unique and caring way.
Kali: My grandmother was a patient here a few years ago and when I saw the position listed I was immediately excited. I really wanted to learn more about dementia, and be able to advocate, give back and support people going through what our family went through as caregivers.
What is the best advice that you can offer to a caregiver on this journey?
Rebecca: First of all, thank you for taking on this role! The journey is different for each caregiver, but if I had to give one piece of advice, it would be to reach out for help. Support might come from family, friends, or community resources… you don’t have to do it alone!
Kali: Take time to take care of yourself, whatever that looks like for you. It could be doing something you enjoy, relaxing, or spending time with your friends and family. Also, give yourself grace- caregiving is a hard job but you can do this!
Why is MemoryCare special to you?
Rebecca: MemoryCare is such an important resource for our community! I am humbled and grateful to be a part of this journey with our patients and caregivers and am thankful to work for a nonprofit committed to providing care to all income levels.
Kali: MemoryCare is special to me because of the support that the organization provided my family when my grandmother was diagnosed with dementia and for being a place families can share their concerns and get the care they need.
What have you learned since joining MemoryCare?
Rebecca: So much! Though I worked with people with dementia before coming to MemoryCare, I know more about communication techniques, medications, community resources, and ways to manage behaviors. There is an amazing amount of knowledge here and I look forward to continuing the learning journey!
Kali: The biggest thing I’ve learned since coming to MemoryCare is how dementia affects everyone differently. No matter if you are a caregiver or a person diagnosed with cognitive impairment or if you have Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, the experience is truly different for everyone.