Member Spotlight: Kim Cross of St. Luke Lutheran Home of St. Luke Homes & Services, Inc.

September 3, 2020

After working in home care for 22 years, Kim Cross became a CNA at St. Luke Lutheran Home so she could continue to give back to the elderly. She finds purpose in being able to help older generations and building relationships with those she cares for.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I worked for 22 years taking care of clients in their homes so they could remain in their own surroundings longer. I enjoy being around the elderly. The next logical step in my career was to move into long-term care at a nursing home.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I enjoy giving the residents the dignity and respect they deserve in their later years. I like talking to the residents about how life was for them when they grew up. It makes you realize how lucky we are today – and the difference in what they had as to what we really need.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
This is a very rewarding career, and the residents become your extended family. As a CNA, you are able to give back to the generation that gave so much. If you’re looking for a paycheck and a paycheck only, this is not a job for you. It takes a lot of heart and desire to work in long-term care.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
No matter how independent you have been all your life, sooner or later everybody needs to ask for help. I am starting to do that now in my own life.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy being around my family and friends, camping, hiking, fishing, riding my three-wheeled trike, enjoying life and being happy with what I have.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” In life, when you lose a parent, a child or your significant other, it makes you stop and think about all the moments you had with them. This is when you truly realize what the most important parts of life are – by remembering them and the times that took your breath away.

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