Name, title: Grace Washington, Home Care Hospice Aide
How long have you worked here?
Almost 16 years.
What made you decide to work here?
I was working at another company where I was doing a similar thing but it wasn’t hospice. I was going through the newspaper and I saw it. The HR woman at the time had me come in, put the application in, and she hired me.
I just love being in the medical field.
How had you heard of Angela Hospice?
Through an ad in the Southfield Eccentric newspaper.
What’s a typical day like for you?
In home care there isn’t one. (laughs) It always changes, every day, it’s never the same. Call-ins or from the patients that we see or you get a call to go somewhere else…there’s not a typical day for a hospice aide.
You want everything to go well but when you knock on that door you never know what you’re going to get. Before you even get a “hello” they have all this stuff going on that they want addressed right then before you even walk in. Sometimes it’s not the patients, sometimes it’s the family member who is overwhelmed because their loved one is suffering.
|Grace with volunteer Bernadette O'Neill, whose mom|
was a patient of Grace's.
What is your favorite part about working at Angela Hospice?
My favorite part is seeing the patients, being there for the patients, and just seeing my co-workers.
What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Angela Hospice?
There are so many patient stories. Like 10 years ago there was one patient who was really sweet and we just had a great time with her. Just her being who she was made us feel good about who we were. And just being there for her when she was declining, she still wanted us there in the room with her.
You can’t really say a favorite…I’ve had a lot of good times with a lot of patients.