Bio19 years going on 20.
Prior to working in the U.S. I worked as a caregiver in Israel for many years. After working in Israel I came to the U.S. where I have been working as a caregiver for 5 years.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A CAREGIVER?
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME A CAREGIVER?I grew up with my grandparents, which taught me how to take good care of their basic needs. I learned ways to help keep my grandparents healthy. The appreciation I received from them motivated me to do the same for the others.
I’m most passionate about allowing people to maintain their dignity. This includes their sense of independence especially when they require assistance in performing basic activities of daily living. I use tact and respect so that they don’t feel helpless.
WHAT ASPECT OF YOUR JOB ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I carefully listen to the clients when I interact with them. I am intuitive and learn about what the client wants to do as well as their energy levels. I help establish routines that enable the clients to be able create attainable and realistic goals. The client’s self-esteem increases as a result of these accomplishments.
HOW ARE YOU MAKING THINGS MORE POSSIBLE FOR YOUR BRIGHTSTAR CLIENTS?
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER CAREGIVERS?I advise them to maintain Patience, Respect and Adaptability with every Client.
My favorite caregiving moments are when clients ask me “When will I see you next?” or “Thank You, for taking care of me.” My most favorite heartfelt remark from my clients is “I miss you already.” Hearing those words, lets me know that I’m providing meaningful quality services to the client.
TELL US YOUR FAVORITE CAREGIVING MOMENT/STORY
What keeps me energized is traveling as much as I can. I also re-energize by sleeping especially since I work graveyard shift. Socializing with my close friends and family also helps me feel invigorated.
HOW DO YOU RE-ENERGIZE?
"I am so happy to hear Yvonne has been chosen for Employee of the month! Yvonne (my mama) has been with me, helping me, dealing with me, providing her care and love for me, for 4 years now, through thick and thin and sometimes fire and brimstone too! Everyone who has ever worked with me overnights, knows very well that these shifts with me can be a little “challenging” or maybe “overwhelming” and I can maybe be just a little more difficult…possibly? But, despite this and the challenges presented, Yvonne-mama shows up in care and love for me, for my family no matter what. I’m in vulnerable position, in my home as a paraplegic in a wheelchair, where I require the assistance of others (others I often mostly don’t know) in my home to help me manage my home-my basic necessities, care for my basic well-being and basic Activities of daily living. It feels very vulnerable to be in this position and very powerless. I appreciate my mama Yvonne so much because she doesn’t just help me with things and provide assistance, in the love and care that she has shown and given me and my family, she helps me feel safe, secure and a sense of containment. I love mama, Yvonne is a part of my family now and forever!. Congratulations!"
A FEW WORDS ABOUT YVONNE FROM AN APPRECIATIVE CLIENT:
A FEW WORDS ABOUT YVONNE FROM THE BRIGHTSTAR OFFICE STAFF:"Yvonne Murray is an exceptional individual, displaying a level of selflessness that is truly extraordinary. Your strong and influential presence serves as an inspiration for us to strive for personal growth and improvement. We sincerely appreciate your dedication and the effort you put into your work. Thank you for all that you do."
YVONNE WILL BE A WEST COAST CANDIDATE FOR CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR. ONE EMPLOYEE WILL BE SELECTED FROM EACH REGION TO BECOME A BRIGHT STAR NATIONAL FINALIST. PLEASE SEE VIDEOS OF THE 2022 FINALISTS…(and get tissue): LINK TO CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR VIDEOS