Employee Spotlight: Begashaw Gurmessa
What do you do for Our Family Home?
I am an assistant manager with Our Family Home. In this role, I help oversee scheduling, payroll, resident care and our caregiver team.
How long have you worked with Our Family Home?
I started with Our Family Home six years ago as a caregiver.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
What I enjoy most is being able to pursue my purpose to help people. I used to work for a big company. Coming to Our Family Home has shown me how to see our residents like family. Now, my work is always centered around helping them.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my children and family. I love to go to the park with my kids.
What have you learned working with the residents of Our Family Home?
I’ve learned so much. I didn’t have Alzheimer’s in my family, so I’ve learned a lot about the disease and its effects. I understand how their lives changed quickly as a result of the disease. More importantly, I’ve come to feel like our residents are family. When you see them every day and you connect with them, they stabilize and embrace you like family. That gives me purpose. That’s the reason I work here.
How does OFH give residents and families more good days?
In a lot of ways. How we treat our residents every day and our relationship with families. Our families believe in us and have confidence in us. They know we care. More Good Days guides us in our belief that our residents are going to have a good day. All of the caregivers at Our Family Home come to work to take care of the needs of our residents. It shows in the passion they have for the job we do and our relationships.