JUNE Caregiver of the Month

Sound Options believes that exceptional care begins with exceptional employees. Each month, we highlight and share the story of one of our Certified Nursing Assistants who carries out the mission and values of Sound Options with professionalism, intelligence, and heart. This month, we shine the spotlight on Kimberly McCartan!

Kimberly McCartan is a native to Washington and was raised in Seattle. She was the middle child of 6 kids and grew up caring for her family. She spent quality time with her grandmother who she talks about as, “instilling everything within me.” Even in her first apartment, Kimberly made caring for the elderly a part of her life rhythm of generosity.

When asked what makes a good caregiver Kimberly said,Not every person is alike. You have to treat everyone as an individual, you have to listen and watch carefully. Incorporating family and the client into everything you do should be the foundation of care.” When she isn’t working, you’ll find Kimberly gardening and hunting, and hanging out with her loved ones which include her hubby of 23 years, 4 grandkids, and her 4 dogs.

Since joining Sound Options in 2010, Kimberly has made an incredible impact on her clients’ lives. One family in particular has relied on her in their journey with Alzheimer’s disease. The wife of a client nominated Kim as an All-Star Caregiver saying, “Kim has brought so much joy ad genuine caregiving to both my husband and me, significantly impacting the quality of our lives. Kim always is cheerful, directly addressing him and including him in conversation and not as an “outsider”. She is gentle and non-rushed in her approach, always explaining things as she goes along and giving him time to “process” things, respecting his privacy, yet providing necessary care. Her   approach is never condescending, but preserves his dignity and willing participation in his care.”

9 incredible caregivers from Sound Options where nominated this year for the Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County All-Star Caregiver Award, including Kimberly McCarten who was named an All-Star Caregiver at the dinner and award ceremony in May. We wish Kimberly heartfelt congratulations for this well-deserved honor and we couldn’t be more proud. 

Published on June 8, 2015.