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Home to Stay

‘Aging in place’ is the goal of nine out of 10 boomers, requiring high tech, smart building … and the perfect in-home caregiver.

Jimmy Magahern | Feb 3, 2014, 1:31 p.m.

There’s also a dignity about the people in her care, Sanders adds. “No matter what stage their health is in, the ladies still like to get their hair done once a week, they get their nails done. And same with the gentlemen, they still get their hair cut, shave and try to look their best. There’s kind of an old-school classiness to a lot of the ways that they’ve always lived their lives, and continue to want to live their lives, all the way to the end.”

Dealing with “the end” can be the hardest thing for caregivers, Sanders admits, and requires a deep appreciation for the circle of life. “To me, it’s as big of an honor to be there when somebody’s passing away as when somebody is coming into this world. And the family never forgets it.”

In the end, that sense of making a difference is what drives caregivers to help their clients live in their homes as long as possible.

“Caregivers like that feeling of walking into a home and knowing you’re the best part of their client’s day,” Sanders says. “They’re smiling, they’ve made their little list and they’re thinking of things they want you to do with them.

“You bring the joy,” she adds. “And that’s an awesome, powerful feeling to have.”

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