Twelve years ago, I found my calling. I was working for an advertising agency, and I knew I wanted to make a career change. But it wasn't until I began caring for a dear friend who had suffered a debilitating stroke that my path forward became clear.
I went back to school, received my home health aide certification and license, and started working at an assisted living facility. While at work, I would look out the window that just happened to overlook the Fairview Ridges Hospital campus. I now had my eyes set on my next goal — working for Fairview.
After I had a few years under my belt, I was offered a position at Fairview Home Care and Hospice. And that’s when I met Mary.*
Mary, a hospice patient, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and I cared for her during her last couple of months. We spent day after day together. She shared stories about her life. I treasure those days. We became close and she would often say, "I feel like I’ve known you for years." Mary had no idea what that meant to me.
When Mary passed away, I was heartbroken. I didn’t think I could endure this type of heartache again. I seriously considered returning to my previous career.
But that quickly changed when I received a call from Mary’s daughter.
She said the care I provided her mom made a difference. She told me her entire family was at ease and comfort knowing she was in good hands. And she reminded me that other families with loved ones on hospice care need me, too.
That phone call made me realize the care I provide is an important part of the care continuum.
Mary changed my life, and I’m so lucky I was able to care for her. Being a caregiver is demanding and hard work, but it’s a labor of love.
Thank you, Fairview. for helping me achieve my goal of caring for others.
Margaret Marudas, Fairview Home Care and Hospice
* Name changed to protect privacy
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