Caregiver Spotlight: Christina Duran
This month we are pleased to feature Helping Hands Group caregiver Christina Duran, who recently completed training and transitioned into a new role as Medication Manager for RCFE (residential care facility for the elderly) based clients. You may recognize Christina’s brightly-colored, ever-changing hair (her favorite was a rainbow-dyed braid style), subtle smile, and soft-spoken manner.
Christina got her start as a caregiver after receiving her B.A. in Sociology from CSU Northridge (she is also a graduate of Carpinteria High School). She wasn’t planning to go into healthcare, but she took a temporary job as a private in-home caregiver filling in for a friend who was on vacation. After that job ended, she was recommended to Helping Hands by another caregiver and was invited to an interview. That meeting at the Coffee Cat in Santa Barbara was over four years ago, and Christina is continuing to thrive and expand along with Helping Hands.
It has been three months since Christina took on the position of Medication Manager, and she has completed a certification course and intensive in-house training. She is enjoying the added duties of handling medication refills, pickup, and preparation for our clients. “At times it’s challenging,” Christina says, noting that seniors’ medication regimens frequently need to be adjusted. Coordinating medication refills with multiple pharmacies, labs, doctor’s offices and insurance companies isn’t easy, but Christina confirms, “I like more responsibility and challenge.”
What Christina enjoys most about her job is “a sense of giving back in some way, seeing the challenges that you’re going to face when you’re that age, and it’s rewarding when people appreciate you.” When a client expresses gratitude for small things, like a basket of clean laundry or a new pair of shoes (Christina also handles personal shopping for Helping Hands Group’s clients), it makes everything worth it.
Christina also gives back to the community in her other job as ESL Coordinator for SBCC’s adult education program, the Center for Lifelong Learning. She manages testing for students in the free ESL classes there, and affirms that working there is “another reward” of giving service to others. She loves “when you hear students come back…it’s rewarding in the sense that you see them progress from level 1 to level 4 and some of them are now [enrolled in classes] at SBCC.”
A commitment to helping others is what drives Christina in her work, and we admire her dedication to being of service. We are so proud to support her in her journey and career path and to call her part of the Helping Hands team! Please join us in congratulating her on her new position and recognizing the excellent work she does each day at Helping Hands.