Guest Writer Jackson's experiences with aging adults.

My Experiences Working with Aging Adults

Guest Writer: Jackson Charron

Hi, I’m Jackson and I am the Business Development Specialist at iAccompany.

For the past eight years, I have loved my time working with aging adults in numerous roles. My goal is to always take a person-centered approach when helping aging adults, and I am driven to make sure seniors get the care they deserve. 

Growing up I spent a lot of time with my grandfather and beautiful grandmother. We would bake every weekend, have sleepovers, and watch TV while I ate an entire tray of jello. 

I won’t say she is the woman who inspired me to work with aging adults, because she looks and acts so young. Growing up with my mother and my grandmother, I was raised around a lot of respect, compassion, and love. These are values I hold close to me when providing care or helping others create a solid care plan for their aging loved one. 

I started working with aging adults in a personal care home, where I planned activities for and got to know many of the residents.

I wasn’t going to work everyday – I was going to spend time with 50 of my best friends. Throughout my time working in long-term care, I made a lot of long lasting relationships with the residents and their family members. 

One day, a really good friend of mine that I cared for, Jack, was being discharged to another facility. We decided to exchange numbers and keep in touch. About six months after Jack moved out of our facility, his sister and brother-in-law asked me if I would be willing to help their brother Jack get to Arborg, MB for one last weekend of fishing. 

Due to his stroke, getting 50 feet from a care home is already a mission in itself, but I agreed to help and we had a great weekend. Now that I am working for iAccompany, I continue to apply the same values I did as a full time caregiver.

Having first-hand experience working in a personal care home, and creating lifelong relationships with the residents and their families, has enabled me to learn much along the way.

One of them is that nothing beats the family home that their children were born and raised in. 

One family had so many special memories from their Wolseley home, that they created a picture book and tried to have it published. Their father and I really enjoyed that book and reminiscing on those memories. 

I was sad to move on from my caregiving role but I was welcomed into a new role with iAccompany. My transition from caregiver to business development has been great as I still get to assist the aging community – just in a new way. 

My new role allows me to use my knowledge and understanding of long-term care to help give aging parents and their families more options. 

What I love about iAccompany is that the service provides aging adults the opportunity to stay in the homes they love so much, and to me that is priceless.

With iAccompany, I am able to assist aging adults and their families in navigating their journeys. I do this by finding the right solutions needed for aging-related challenges – it is a great opportunity to help families and seniors from all walks of life and I am so grateful for that. 

At iAccompany, we know through personal experience the difficulties associated with being actively involved in the healthcare of aging parents. After looking for help and not finding a solution, we came to realize we needed to come up with our own solution for the problems we faced. 

We designed a custom-built application, where we can facilitate interactions between the patient, doctor, and a nursing professional to improve the quality of medical appointments.

I personally want to see seniors thriving and living the best life they can, even with all the challenges life presents. Thanks to all the aging adults that I have had the pleasure of working with, their ample years of wisdom have made me the person I am today.

If you would like to learn more about our service visit www.iaccompany.ca, or email me directly at jcharron@iaccompany.ca.  I would be more than happy to have a conversation and help guide your family in the right direction on your aging journey.

If you know someone who is reaching a stage in their life that is posing more challenges, let’s work together to find the best solution for your loved one. Aging or the progression of illness is not a path you need to walk alone – iAccompany is here to help.

Check us out if you would like peace of mind when
you can’t be there for a loved one’s medical appointment.
Our nursing professionals take away all the anxiety of the unknowns,
and we put you in the room with your loved one when life makes it difficult.

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