It’s all about heart – a Caregiver’s story

“You have to have lots of patience and a kind heart,” Pat Staley says as she explains what it takes to be a Caregiver at Premier. “You have to be cut out for this job and be able to put yourself in the individual’s place and treat them as you would want to be treated – like family.”

Pat certainly knows a thing or two about devoting herself to others. She has worked in the Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities field for 30 years – 19 of those have been with Premier. “I’ve worked for many other organizations but I’ve stayed with Premier because they care more about their clients and staff than any other place I’ve worked,” Pat said.

Previously, Pat had three *Total Care clients for 15 years but unfortunately two have since passed away. “It’s really hard losing a client, it’s like losing a member of your family,” she explained. “Most people don’t realize that individuals with disabilities sometimes have shorter life spans.”

Her remaining client is quite the character, and although he is non-verbal and non-ambulatory, Pat says he still manages to show his resolve to be independent. “He loves to use his arms to scoot around the house and maneuver himself up onto the couch and back down again, he is truly amazing,” she said.

A Day in the life

Pat’s day starts off at 7 a.m. when she arrives at her client’s house. The first task she tackles i