Originally from Jamaica, Elsie Canter moved to the US at the age of 6 and grew up in Tacoma. Elsie’s aunt was a nurse and made an impression on Elsie when she would come to visit. Elsie has now been serving as a caregiver for 13 years. Before becoming a caregiver, Elsie said she was not sure what she wanted to do with her life. It is clear that she has found her calling.“I like to be a ray of sunshine for my clients”, she said. “I enjoy putting a smile on each person’s face and creating a good day for them every day.” When asked what makes a good caregiver, Elsie said that being a good listener is crucial. “Getting to know the person you’re caring for as an individual, not a ‘patient’ is so important. Everyone has a story”, she said.
Elsie has been a caregiver with Sound Options since 2009 and she is known for her positive attitude. Elsie is especially good with clients that are on hospice and has a gift for sitting with grieving family and clients at the end of their life. Elsie recently cared for a client until her passing. The family was so appreciative of her professionalism and comforting resence in the home. When sharing their experience with Sound Options the family called their caregiver, Elsie, “a blessed gift to us”.
When Elsie is not working you will find her outdoors enjoying the beautiful Northwest. She loves reading and spending time with her 10-year-old son and 2 grandbabies! “I want to be an inspiration to my clients since they are an inspiration to me”, Elsie said. That guiding goal is certainly apparent to the staff at Sound Options.
You are a joy to work with and we are so appreciative of the example you are as a caregiver. “Good days” for our clients are intentionally created by caregivers like yourself and you may never fully know the impact that you have on their lives on a daily basis. You carry out the mission and values of Sound Options with consistent grace and compassion and we honor you for your work. You have been a wonderful representative of Sound Options in the homes of our clients over the years and for that we send our deep thanks.
Published on August 9, 2013.