Companions Provide What Modern Medicine Cannot – A Personal Touch.
Ruth Pogge would say she has always been a caregiver, whether it has been as a daughter, a mother or as a grandmother. In fact, she has spent her entire working career as a caregiver, working 17 years for a home care organization. When she decided traveling wasn’t for her any longer, which was a requirement of the job, and still being passionate about caring for others, Ruth decided to join The Gardens Assisted Living team at Friendship Haven as a caregiver.
Ruth enjoyed her job in The Gardens immensely for over 10 years. However, after recuperating from knee surgery, she thought it just might be time to retire. But while visiting with Amy Peterson in the Business Office about the retirement process, Amy suggested she consider working as a Companion in the Journeys neighborhood. After thinking about it briefly, Ruth jumped at the opportunity, and she certainly hasn’t regretted that decision.
When talking to Ruth about being a Companion, her face lights up. She feels she is making a difference in the lives of the residents who call Journeys home, providing a calming stroke of the hair, softly singing a favorite song, gently holding the hands of an anxious resident, or being with family members during a difficult time. These are the moments that make the job as a companion so fulfilling. “They fill my heart for sure,” shared Ruth.