“Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day.”
— Winnie the Pooh
No surprise that this is how people feel when they spend time with Sarah, as if today was her favorite day because she got to spend it with YOU.
Perhaps it was her experiences as a Bedside Yoga Teacher at Bailey-Boushay House in Seattle that helped her hone her be-present-in-the-moment sensibilities. “Spending time with adults in their last stages of life was very rewarding. I learned from their stories and was inspired by their strength, honesty and appreciation for life.”
Her degree in English Literature from Colby College is a plus in her work as a Home Care Companion with Aging Wisdom clients, as she spends time researching and getting acquainted with them individually to better understand interests and what activities would bring the most meaning and value to their time together.
Sarah’s first client had been an English major at the University of Washington. Together they would read the New York Times, The New Yorker and books such as The Boys in the Boat. Another client had been an avid gardener, but due to physical challenges could no longer garden, so Sarah would bring gardening books and the two of them would pour over the pictures and talk about everything from planting tulips to miner’s lettuce (as Sarah’s client would tell her, “It’s tough to mess up!”) Another client, fashion-focused, meticulous, and once an avid crafter and lover of sewing, loved textures, crafts and jewelry. And yet another client who is very mobile, loves adventures, so they visit art museums, botanical gardens and other venues.
Each client is unique. Many Aging Wisdom clients are living with a cognitive impairment and are at different stages of dementia, which makes planning and tailoring each visit to the client so important. And Sarah thrives in this exploration, bringing joy and purpose to each client interaction.
Professionally, Sarah will complete her studies soon for the Certificate in Gerontology through the University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education program. In Fall 2017, she’ll begin her studies for a Master in Social Work (MSW) at UW.
From a personal perspective: as a mom, Sarah appreciates the flexibility that comes with her schedule, and the opportunity to balance her work life with her personal life. From a professional perspective: Sarah feels supported, respected and appreciated for the work she does. As Sarah sees it, “Everyone is amazing! I love that I work with people that are so thoughtful, responsive, well-intentioned and always thinking of others.”