Member Spotlight

When Hillary Smith was in high school, her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Hillary became one of her mother’s main caregivers and then became a CNA at Clearview Homes so she could help residents and families going through similar experiences. Working in long-term care has equipped her with skills and knowledge that she applies when raising her family.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when I was in high school, and I became one of her main caregivers. I became a CNA, and then with time, my mom came to Clearview Homes. Watching her struggle with the disease, and eventually losing her battle, made me want to help and protect anyone who was going through the same or similar situations.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I enjoy the bonds I have with my residents. I love seeing their face light up when I walk into their rooms and how excited they are to tell me about their day. They also love to hear about all the shenanigans with my children.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
The ability to care for those who once took care of us is the most rewarding job a person could have. While caring for them through their struggle, laughing with them during the good times and holding their hands at the end, you truly feel like you are making a difference in someone’s life.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
I have learned patience and the ability to empathize with someone. These qualities and lessons are what I’ve used and instilled in raising my own children.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I have a very active family, so my time is spent at my kids’ sporting events and school functions. We live a busy life and I love every minute of it.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” With the loss of my mom at a young age, I learned to enjoy all that I have and all the time I have with my family and friends.

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