Frontline Honors: Deloris Witcher, Care Advantage
By Sophie Mimica| July 28, 2022
Deloris Witcher, caregiver (PCA) for Care Advantage, has been named a 2022 Frontline Honors honoree by Home Health Care News.
To become a Frontline Honoree, an individual is nominated by their peers. The candidate must be a dedicated, high-performing frontline worker who delivers exceptional experiences and outcomes; a passionate worker who knows how to put their vision into action for the good of seniors and aging industry professionals; and an advocate for seniors, their industry, and their peers.
Home Health Care News caught up with Witcher to discuss their time in the home health care industry.
HHCN: What drew you to the Home Health Care industry?
Witcher: Since my youth, I have always had a deep-rooted passion for caring for people. The same vigor translated to adulthood. Therefore, I firmly believe I was intended for this industry because of its purposes. Plus, I love the idea of patients receiving immaculate care at home.
What’s your biggest lesson learned since starting to work in the industry?
As a HealthCare professional, I learned the importance of delivering an unparalleled patient experience. I accomplish this daily by concentrating on the most significant component, “the client” and centering on their needs.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Although there are many compelling aspects to the job, my favorite part is the opportunity to work with my clients. Overall, they inspire me to become a better person. This field has challenges; however, there is a far greater reward.
What do you want society (or the general public) to know about your job?
The unpleasant truth is many people in society come home from work daily without a sense of pride or purpose. But, conversely, that is not the case in Healthcare, specifically in-home. Working in this field, I achieve my encouraging goal of helping clients best maintain their health at home.
What may be one thing leaders don’t know, that you wish they universally knew, about your job?
Even though we are considered “Front Line Heroes” imperatively, there needs to be more respect placed on Personal Care Aides. Not only do we directly affect our clients, but we also significantly impact the families and communities we serve. Therefore, especially during the perilous times of COVID-19, our jobs are more crucial than ever before!