This submission was received from Jhenina Domingo, in response for our desire to help share the stories of caregivers.  Jhenina will be a nominee in the November 2012 Caregiver Recognition Awards.

Hi my name is Jhenina Domingo, I have worked at Aegis of Edmonds for almost 11 months. I was working as caregiver for 2 months and now I am a medication caremanager for 9 months now. But before I worked at aegis I was working as an adult family homecare for 1yr.  I moved at aegis because I wanted to gain more exprience and more adventures, like work with other people and take care of other residents since I only work by my self at homecare.  Anyway's when I started working in aegis I was so happy the staff was so nice and also residents there are so precious they are my family now.   They make me happy and inspire me everyday.  I know its a rough work, but its ok I really dont care about my work all I care is the residents that I take care of everyday.  That is why we are here to give them there needs like tender loving care, happiness, and safeness.

Everyday or night I come to work I always put a big smile on my face and pray to god to keep us safe for everyday,and when I got home I'll pray again and thanks him for another day that he gave us.

I also have a experience dreaming of the resident before he passed away, he told me goodbye and to take good care of my self and also my wife.  He said to keep doing what you have been doing god will bless you and thank you for taking care of me.  Then I woke up at exactly 12am and cried. When I came to work I saw his family they told me, that he had passed away at 12am and I was shock and cry again.  I told the family that I had dreamed of him, and they told me thank you so much for being  so kind, thoughtful, patient and loving to our dad.  It melts my heart that somehow there's a people who really appreciate us.

Also when the residents say thank you for what you do for us, we really appreciate your love and caring you give to us,  bless your heart your an amazing person, I love them so much. Every night before they go to bed I gave them a hugs and thank you kiss :)

There is no greater treasure than the smile of a resident when you make their day. Only truly dedicated and truly caring people can place a high value on these very special moments.

My grandparents passed away when I was teenager, now when I look at every residents I think of my grandparents, I wish they were still alive so i can take care of them too.I love them so much. My mom lives faraway from me in Philippines  and she always telling me when she gets old don't leave me.  I told her mom I won't I will be here forever mom, I'll take good care of you like I do to all my residents now.