Featured Caregivers 2023
November Featured Caregiver
Meet our featured caregiver for the month of November… Mittieann!
Mittieann has been with the Sunny Days Family for four and half years! She’s originally from Washington, but currently resides in Munhall with her family. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend of fourteen years, Melvin, or her two daughters, Simyah and Kamyah. Simyah is a recent Cal-U graduate and Kamyah is currently in middle school. They love having family game nights and movie nights. Her favorite type of food is salad, favorite type of music is old R&B, and her favorite movies are Annie the Original, and Grease.
When asked what her favorite part about being a caregiver is, Mittie said “…I love being around people of all ages. I love to help anyone I can. Plus, when you have great clients, that’s a help and makes your time with them so peaceful and educational learning about their past life.” Her advice for new caregivers is “…to be a good caregiver, you have to be patient and love working with people of any age or situation.” When asked what caregiving means to her, she said “…caregiving to me is when you put or gave your best to help and support your clients. And I always believe in treating everyone the way you would like to be treated and if I have to do more than what’s supposed to be done, I do it to the best of my ability to help make my client safe and happy.” Her favorite memory with clients is simply getting to hear about their past life. Their stories help her to get to know them and their needs better.
We’re so thankful to have such dedicated and kind members of staff taking care of our precious clients. Keep up the great work Mittieann, we love being able to count on you!
October Featured Caregiver
Meet our Featured Caregiver for the month of October… Sara!
Sara is originally from Ambridge but currently resides in New Brighton with her family. She loves spending her time outside of work with her big family, Sierra ,Jaikai (JJ), Maile, Jadis, Jaden, Donald jr. (Ju-Ju), Javionna (Pea), her aunt, her fiancé Jay and brother Brian. She also has five blue nose pit bulls: Ameliaha, Amouraha, A lil’bit, Pea, Uzziaha. She says she PROUDLY works for Sunny Days and we absolutely love that!
When asked what her favorite part about being a caregiver is, Sara said “…being able to know that the service and accommodations that I provide to people in need really help them get through their daily life.” Her advice for other caregivers is “…your clients aren’t just your clients…they become family. Treat them as you would your own family. Be kind, loving, caring. Have an open heart and an open mind when it comes to each client.” When asked what caregiving means to her, Sara said “…I have the ability to do things for other people that they can’t do for themselves, but still make them feel competent and capable of doing their daily life activities.” Her favorite memory with a client was “…when I took her to Walmart and she got in the scooter cart for the first time and she wrecked into anything and almost everything and myself about 10 times throughout our trip. I felt so bad for the Walmart employees. I was trying to help clean up the mess and help her learn how to use the scooter cart.”
Sara’s children are involved in a lot of activities so when she’s not with her clients you can typically find her at the football field cheering on her son who plays and her daughter who’s a cheerleader. Her favorite type of music is old school R&B, her favorite movie is Radio, and her favorite tv shows are Ghost Adventures and Dead Files. A fun fact about Sara is that “…almost every client that I have had thinks that I am still a teenager when they meet me for the first time, and I also have the biggest, kindest, caring, loving emotional heart and I adopted three children but once I adopted them, I no longer look at them as adopted they’re mine.”
We’re so thankful for the love and compassion that our caregivers just like Sara pour into their jobs and clients. They are the definition of what makes this industry so special and we are so thankful to have them be apart of our team. Keep up the great work Sara!
September Featured Caregiver
Meet our featured caregiver for the month of September… Tia!
Tia is originally from Ridgway, PA but currently resides in Karns City with her family. She loves spending time with her husband Andy, son Jayce, their three dogs, cat, and bearded dragon. Outside of work and spending time with family, Tia loves to read.
When we asked Tia what her favorite part about being a caregiver is, she said “…simply getting to work for the clients.” Her advice for other caregivers is “…every client is different, therefore be sure to listen to them, they will tell you what they need.” When asked what caregiving means to her, Tia said “…it means the world to me! I love helping people.” Tia recalls her favorite memory with a client as just this passed summer where they got to spend the whole day together at the company Kennywood picnic.
Tia’s favorite type of music is country music, her favorite movie is Twilight, and her favorite TV show is The Good Doctor. A fun fact about her is that she really loves horses!
We’re so thankful for the loving and compassionate caregivers that are apart of our team like Tia, they take such great care of our clients, and we can confidently say we hire only the best of the best because of caregivers like Tia. Thank you for your hard work, keep it up!
August Featured Caregiver
Meet our featured caregiver for the month of August… Cari!
Cari is originally from Oil City and still resides in the area with her family. She has three children, two here on Earth with her (Strykar, 18) (Xylar, 14) and Ty waiting for her in Heaven. She also has a fur child, Rocket, the family cat. Outside of work, Cari likes to spend her time with her children and her someone special.
Her favorite part of being a caregiver is “…spending time with clients and getting to help them.” Her advice for other caregivers is to “…always do the best you can, and always ask if there is anything else you can do for them.” When asked what caregiving means to her, Cari said “…going above and beyond and being selfless. This is the best job I’ve ever had…besides being a mom.” When asked what her favorite memory is with a client she said “…I can’t pick just one memory, all of the memories I have with my clients are my best memories because they’re all my favorite clients.”
Cari likes all types of music, except Opera. A fun fact about her is that she’s very spontaneous! We’re so thankful for the loving and kind caregivers apart of our company like Cari! She takes excellent care of her clients and is a major part of why we can so confidently say our caregivers are the best of the best, keep up the great work Cari!
July Featured Caregiver
Meet our featured caregiver for the month of July… Alyssa!
Alyssa is originally from Latrobe and still resides in the area with her family. She has two children, Pyper (12) and Paisley (5). Outside of work, Alyssa likes to spend most of her free time with her family. Typically, in the summer they’ll take trips to Idlewild, the farm to feed the animals, or to go see her grandmother. All three activities are super fun and relaxing!
When we asked Alyssa what her favorite part of being a caregiver is, she said “…I like the feeling I have knowing that I’m able to offer the care and comfort to my client that she needs daily. It is particularly satisfying when she shows her appreciation and/or happiness when she smiles and the spark in her eyes.” Alyssa’s advice for other caregivers is “…There are many duties and tasks that you do on a daily basis that are unflattering and sometimes unpleasant, but if you’re able to recognize just how meaningful and needed these things are for the individual, you’re caring for…they become easier to perform. The knowledge that you are truly helping them and bringing some companionship and joy to their day is very rewarding.”
When we asked Alyssa what caregiving means to her, she said “…As a caregiver I know that I’m helping someone with the things they are no longer able to do themselves. No day is ever the same and there are little things that happen all the time that are satisfying and bring a smile to me and to the client as well. Things are not always easy or fun but if I deal with them with patience and a positive attitude, they go more smoothly. I love being able to help someone in this way.” When we asked her what her favorite memory with a client is, she said “…My client is mostly nonverbal now, so when I joke around, sing or just do silly things with her and she laughs and smiles with me I know I’ve connected with her. It’s the greatest feeling and makes it so much fun for both of us.”
Alyssa’s likes all types of music genre’s; she really likes to listen to the lyrics and gravitates towards songs that relate to her life. Her favorite TV show is Fire Country, and her favorite movie is Wizard of Oz. A fun fact about her is that she loves to try new things, she’s spontaneous and likes to have fun!
We’re so thankful for the compassionate and truly caring members of our caregiving team! They treat our clients exactly how we’d want our own family treated and are the backbone of our company. Keep up the great work Alyssa!
June Featured Caregiver
Meet our Featured Caregiver for the month of June… Kamara!
Her friends call her Alex. She was born in New Castle but primarily grew up in Ohio. She spends most of her time with her fiancé, Izzy, and their dog Sophie. When she’s not at work, she loves to take walks, play her Xbox, work on her car, or play with her brothers and sisters.
When we asked her what her favorite part of being a caregiver is, she said “…being able to help people when they are down and at their worst.” Her advice for other caregivers is “…just listen and make a bond with them so they feel safe and comfortable.” When we asked her what caregiving means to her, she said “…it means caring for someone like you would your own family…having the heart to make sure they are comfortable, safe, and well taken care of…being like their family.” Her favorite memory with a client is when “… we were watching Law and Order and at the same exact time we both said, ‘he did it’ and we always talk about the show.”
Kamara’s likes all types of music, her favorite tv show is Inuyasha, and her favorite movie is Haunting in Connecticut. A fun fact about her is that she likes to host eating competitions at her house with her family…may the best man win.
We’re so thankful for the compassionate, kind, and loving caregivers on our staff like Kamara, they take the absolute best care of our clients. Keep up the great work Kamara!
May Featured Caregiver
Meet our featured caregiver for the month of May…Elizabeth!
Elizabeth has been with the Sunny Days family for three years. She’s originally from Andover, but currently resides in Sharon with her family. She loves spending her time outside of work with her children. She loves to take them to fun places!
When we asked her about her favorite part of being a caregiver, she simply said “…the people.” When we asked her for words of advice for other caregivers, she didn’t have any advice but instead had some words of encouragement. “…they’re doing an amazing job.” Elizabeth says “…caregiving means helping people.” She loves to sit and talk with her clients and laugh with them. Elizabeth’s favorite food is pizza, favorite music is R&B, and she loves any and all scary movies.
We love having long term caregivers like Elizabeth be a part of our team. Keep up the great work!
April Featured Caregiver
Meet our featured Caregiver for the month of April, Debra K!
Debra has been with the Sunny Days family for a little over five years. She considers herself an “army brat” so can’t pinpoint one true hometown, but now permanently resides in Elizabeth Township. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her son, sewing, creating, designing, and reading. Debra’s favorite type of music is Contemporary Christian, her favorite tv show is The Equalizer with Queen Latifah, and her favorite movie is Pretty Woman. A fun fact about Debra is that she really knows how to laugh at herself!
Debra’s favorite part about being a caregiver is “…knowing that I’m meeting the needs of another person.” Her advice for other caregivers is “…exercise patience and understanding.” Her favorite memory with a client is when this one client would bop her on the heap with her toy bat when she would bug her.
We’re so thankful for the loving and kind caregivers that are apart of our team. Individuals like Debra are the reason we can so confidently continue to provide the best quality care for your loved ones. Keep up the great work Debra!
March Featured Caregiver
Meet our Featured Caregiver for the month of March, Lisa R.!
Lisa has been with the Sunny Days family for one and half years. She’s originally from New Eagle but currently resides in Charleroi with her family. She has three sons and one cat. She loves spending her free time simply being around people and making small talk. She loves being with family, going to church, going on walks and getting to be outdoors.
Quite simply, Lisa’s favorite part of being a caregiver is “helping others.” Her advice to other caregivers is to “…be patient, kind, and understanding.” She believes that caregiving means loving and caring for others. Her favorite memory with a client is when she got to spend her birthday dinner with her and her friends and then they went on a walk. Lisa’s favorite foods are pizza, chicken, and any kind of chocolate. Her favorite type of music is Country, and her favorite movie is Dirty Dancing.
Thank you for your dedication to our company and clients Lisa, we’re so thankful to have you be a part of our staff!
February Featured Caregiver
Meet our featured caregiver for the month of February, Willis!
Willis has been with the Sunny Days family for eleven months! He is originally from Erie, PA and still resides there with his family. Outside of work Willis enjoys spending most of his time fishing. His favorite type of food is Mexican, favorite type of movie is action, and his favorite type of music is Jazz. A random fun fact about Willis is that he considers himself a comedian.
Simply put, Willis’ favorite part about being a caregiver is getting to take care of people. It is very fulfilling! He also encourages all his other caregivers to “…keep up the great work!” His overall motto for caregiving is treating others how you want to be treated.
We’re so thankful for the fun-loving and attentive caregivers that we employ like Willis. They make our company the company every knows and loves!
January Featured Caregiver
Please meet our featured caregiver for the month of January, Kecia M.
Kecia has been with the Sunny Days family for four years! She’s originally from Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Sharon, PA with her family. Outside of work she loves to spend time with her one German Shepard Beagle mix, six sons, two daughters-in-law, three grandbabies and one on the way in March and her cousin who used to be mayor of Farrell, Allie May!
Kecia’s favorite part about being a caregiver is “…taking care of people, helping them stay independent, and making them laugh.” When asked what advice she has for other caregivers, she said “…be patient, learn to listen and learn to help them to have a voice, advocate.” Kecia says “ Caregiving means putting what she has in herself into clients to be as independent as possible, offering companionship, filling them with positivity, and helping to ensure they are happy and taken care on all levels…mind, body, and soul.” Her favorite memory with a client is one client in particular who had a tradition of sharing a meal together on Fridays, watching movies, and just enjoying one another’s company.
Kecia’s favorite food is fried chicken, seafood, and a bunch of healthy things! Her favorite music is R&B, country, or anything soothing. A fun fact about Kecia is that she’s a very talented singer! And her manager says that she’s very humble.
We are so thankful for long-term employees like Kecia! They know our company and continue to make a lasting impact on every client they interact with. Thank you for your service, Kecia!