An Interview with a Great Caregiver: Vanessa Varner

By Michelle Cemental

We love our caregivers and their commitment to helping seniors age in place. Continuing to reflect on 25 years of serving seniors and their families, Caring Senior Service would like to highlight Vanessa Varner, a caregiver in our Caring Senior Service of Galesburg office. 

Vanessa Varner is 61 years old and has been a caregiver for close to 19 years. She has been providing GreatCare® to seniors as a caregiver for Caring Senior Service of Galesburg since 2010.

Why did you become a caregiver?

Ms. Varner has a true need to help others and says she was inspired to become a caregiver because of her compassion for people and a need to help seniors. She took care of her mother for 9 years and says that being able to help her mother as a caregiver has led to many cherished memories and experiences.

Many would view taking care of a relative in that way as a challenge; however in regard to challenges, Vanessa says “When you want to do something just make a way to do it.”

What do you enjoy most about being a caregiver?

Ms. Varner knows that what she does as a caregiver is her way of praising God and doing his work, which is very rewarding for her. That’s why when she was battling lung cancer she continued to show up and care for her clients, (she is in remission now).

Do you have advice for anyone thinking of becoming a caregiver?

Her advice to anyone thinking of becoming a caregiver, “If you want to be compassionate and help someone, this is the field.”

Everyone here at Caring Senior Service National Headquarters would like to thank Vanessa and officially recognize her for the service she provides to Caring Senior Service of Galesburg and the seniors in her community. Vanessa we hope you enjoy the Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4 we sent you, its our way of saying thank you as we celebrate 25 years of helping seniors!

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