It has been a minute since we have given you a blog about one of our amazing staff members. Well, the long-awaited time has arrived again, and we think you will enjoy it.
Today we are spotlighting one of our hard-working caregivers, Ameigh Cooper! We were eager to see how she is doing here at Bona Vista and share her story. We will let her introduce herself:
“My title at Bona Vista is Caregiver for the Developmentally Disabled (CDD) for our CHIO/PAC/RSPO programs. I have also worked in our Sky’s the Limit program and was a Team Lead at one of our group homes in Peru. “
“I am a 41-year-old wife and mother with many years of caregiving and customer service experience. I have been with Bona Vista for almost two years. I do not have many hobbies, however, I love spending time with my family.”
We were curious as to what Ameigh’s thoughts were on the benefits of working for Bona Vista and this is what she had to say:
“The list of benefits of working at Bona Vista are endless. Not only do you get to work with AMAZING people each day, but in the CHIO/PAC/RSPO department you get to meet wonderful people while out and about in our community as well. You build relationships with individuals and their entire family. You learn about each person and even more about yourself!”
Here at Bona Vista, we love serving those we have the privilege to care for. However, like with any job, we also understand that there can be challenges. This is what Ameigh had to say about a challenge she has faced:
“The challenge for me comes from serving many non-verbal individuals. When something is not going right and I’m not understanding the dilemma, I feel hopeless at times. But, I never give up and when the problem does get resolved and I see those smiles they say it all. Also, all the hugs and high fives I receive at the end of my shift melt my heart and let me know I’m doing something right.”
Thank you Ameigh for your hard work and dedication!
The department Ameigh works in needs more people like her! For those of you that do not know what CHIO/PAC/RSPO is we completely understand. We use a lot of acronyms around here.
CHIO is our Community Based Habilitation-Individual program. This is a goal based program that includes services outside of the individual’s home that support learning and assistance in many areas. A few examples include: social skills, communication, self-care, etc.
PAC is our Participants Assistance and Care program. This goal-based service is provided to assist persons served to live successfully in their own homes.
In each of these two programs, caregivers and those they serve go out into the community regularly. They could be going to the grocery and working on making eye contact with the cashier or they could be going to the Kokomo Family YMCA to get some exercise in by walking laps around the track. The possibilities are endless. Whatever it is that the person you would be serving wants to do, that is what you do for the day.
That’s also what makes it so great! No two days are going to be the same! And, the hours are flexible. If you can only work evenings or weekends, there is a place for you working in this program. If you want to work full-time so you can receive benefits, there is a place for you working in this program. We will definitely work with new hires who have a passion for making the lives of those we serve better!
Last, but certainly not least, is our Respite program. Respite service is a non-goal based services that is typically provided in the home of the primary caregiver, however, Bona Vista does have a respite house that offers classes and activities regularly! I invite you to learn more about it on our website, as well as, more details about our programs!
We are in need of Caregivers, like Ameigh, in these programs and we would love for you to share the word. To check out our open positions simply go to bonavista.org, click Apply, then click Career Opportunities.