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Caregiver Spotlight: A ‘Blessing’ to Residents at Porter Hills Village
Blessing Kafulani’s journey began in Zimbabwe where he was born. Twelve years ago, his family emigrated to the U.S. Because many of his relatives are far away, Blessing especially enjoys the opportunities to build relationships with the older adults he serves as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Porter Hills Village Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
“Porter Hills is like a second home to me,” Blessing says. “That is my family. I don’t consider it work.”
“His smile is infectious, and his genuine caring nature is inspiring,” says Blessing’s supervisor Jessica Mays. “Blessing keeps the dignity and personhood of our residents at the center of the care he provides, while always trying to bring a smile to their face.”
“A day without laughter is a day lost,” adds Blessing who sees himself as part “goofy grandchild” and part advocate for the residents. “I was far from my father when he died. I understand how our residents’ families feel. To trust someone else to take care of Mom and Dad? That is huge.”
Blessing aspires to, one day, becoming a nurse. “I promised my dad before he died that I would finish nursing school,” says Blessing. “He was very proud of me.”
Porter Hills’ new Employee Support Services Fund may provide the means for Blessing to keep this promise. In the meantime, he finds fulfillment in his caregiving career and those he serves. “Humans have feelings, aspirations, dreams, no matter their condition. I do whatever I can to make life worthwhile for our residents and their families.”