Support Workers Marissa and Honeylette provide in-home healthcare to the elderly and those with disabilities throughout the Bay of Plenty. It’s a job that gives them a huge amount of satisfaction and fulfillment.
“My friend was a Support Worker with Visionwest, and she loved it, so she suggested I join too. I’ve been here about three years now,” explained Honeylette.
Marissa added, “I’ve been a Support Worker here for a little over 4 years and I love my job. Being able to help people and talk to them like friends is so rewarding and fun.”
Marissa and Honeylette get on so well that they are often rostered to work together. They agree that the best thing about their job is that, “…at end of day you have a happy heart and smiling face as you go home because you know you’ve made someone’s day better than it may have otherwise have been.”
It’s not only about the job,” said Honeylette. “As Support Workers, every day is about serving other people through your job. It’s a privilege to be working in a role where you’re helping others every moment of every day. And then, when you finish your work, people are so appreciative. Of course, you don’t do it for that, but it makes you happy all the same.
Like most of the Support Workers working with Visionwest Home Healthcare, Honeylette and Marissa are quick to point out that the older adults and people living with a disability who they support are more than clients to them, they quickly become friends or family who they love being able to help.
Why we became Support Workers
That’s one of the reasons I became a Support Worker,” said Honeylette. “If you like serving others, it is such a fulfilling and rewarding job. The people we look after need help and need someone committed to them. Even the short time we spend with each client means so much to them.
Marissa agreed, “As one of Visionwest’s Support Workers, you feel so contented and successful. It makes my entire life better. Before I felt like I had a job but did not necessarily find fulfillment through it. When I got this job, my heart was here.
To any family thinking of getting support worker for your parents or family member, I’d say, ‘Do not worry about them because we take care of them as if they were our own family. If you want someone you can trust to give 100%, it’s Visionwest Home Healthcare because we are not working just to get a job done, we are working to serve.”
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Marissa and Honeylette are two of almost 1,300 Support Workers working to support over 7,000 older people and people with disabilities who live throughout Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Rotorua/Taupō. Last year, the Visionwest team of Support Workers provided 1,342,275 hours of in-home support.
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