Welcome to the blog of A Helping Hand!
I’m Sarah, and I’m a fellow at A Helping Hand. That means I do pretty much anything around the AHH office. My primary responsibility is assisting the program coordinators with scheduling, but I also aid clients in assisted living facilities and in their homes, keep our filing system organized and up to date, post content on our social media, go on office frozen yogurt runs, and now, write this blog. I graduated from UNC in 2015, and I aspire to be an occupational therapist – although, like many people my age, my career plans are constantly in flux.
I started with A Helping Hand as an intern in the fall of 2016. I had never worked with seniors before, and all of my grandparents lived far away or had passed away when I was young, so I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was matched with several clients in Chapel Hill and Durham, and I was able to get to know a wide variety of people in my community that I never would have met on my own. As a pretty extreme introvert, I knew that going into a stranger’s home to visit was far outside of my comfort zone. But I loved the experience. It was so gratifying to provide much-needed assistance, and getting to know my clients one-on-one was right up my alley. I stayed on as a companion after completing my internship, and the rest is history.
I’ll be writing this blog to tell the world more about what we do at A Helping Hand. Most people don’t know what companion care is, much less any of the behind-the-scenes magic of AHH! Our staff and companions do so much good work in our community, and it deserves to be highlighted. I’ll be sharing stories about our clients and companions, helpful tips and information for caregivers, and insight into the work our staff does on a daily basis to improve the lives of seniors and disabled adults in our community.
Thanks for stopping by!