Katy Curlis has been named A Place at Home’s December Caregiver of the Month. For the past three years, she has dedicated her life to being a caregiver.
Katy always knew that she wanted to make a difference in her community, but had originally pursued a career in Early Childhood Development.
“I was close to getting my degree in early childhood development when I did some work with seniors. I loved hearing their stories, and just really connected with them. After that, I made the decision to switch over from child development to senior care,” Katy expressed.
During her time with A Place at Home, Katy formed an unbreakable bond with her client, Walt. After three years of working with Walt, he and his family became like family to Katy.
Katy and Walt had fun little rituals like going to get ice cream. She loved seeing how happy it made him. And when he struggled to get out of the house, she would bring him his favorite ice cream.
“I just loved making his day even with just a small gesture like getting ice cream. It’s the little things that make a big difference,” Katy said.
Katy’s close relationship with Walt made it even more difficult when she received the news of his passing.
“The family called me to tell me, ‘he’s passing, come quickly’,” Katy said. “Afterwards, it was really hard. I had prepared myself. I knew that he was going downhill, and in senior care, it’s unfortunately inevitable that clients may eventually pass away, but that didn’t make it any easier [losing him].”
To this day, Katy still keeps in contact with Walt’s family. “They will have always have a special place in my heart,” Katy expressed.
While Katy has worked for a few other in-home care agencies, she says that A Place at Home is by far her favorite.
“A Place at Home just has a better set-up. I get along with the office staff, they are easy to talk to and very supportive. And most of all, compatibility is super important to them. They do a great job pairing clients with the right caregivers,” said Katy.
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