Stuck In The Elevator With Kari Eischens

Our more fun version of ‘meet the staff.’

 

I met Kari at the first staff meeting I attended when I started working for Matrix Home Health Care Specialist, and I must admit she did leave an impression. 

Unfortunately, because of her schedule, she isn’t able to make the staff meetings most of the time.  She is ,however the Registered Nurse for Grace Homes, our residential care homes for seniors

The downside of this is that i do not get to see her often but the times I do get to spend around her, albeit short, are consistently joyful ones. 

 

I say she leaves an impression because from the moment she entered the conference room I could tell she was unapologetically herself.

I happen to get along with people like this. Being your authentic self takes courage and vulnerability, not always welcomed, in our society that doesn’t value people’s differences.

I find people who aren’t afraid to be themselves are usually funny (check), a little eccentric (check), and entertaining (check).

She is all three which is why I haven’t ever left her presence without a smile.

 

I’ve seen Kari in action at the residential care homes with our clients, and she’s definitely in her element.  

The residents seem to enjoy her.

Maybe, it’s because in my never to be humble opinion older adults seem to be their authentic selves.

Either they have lived an authentic life, or have been repressed their whole lives and at this point have finally decided to be who the always were.   

We have a resident who loves gory, scary movies and so does Kari.

It has been rumored that Kari can be found in his room from time to time enjoying a flick if by chance she’s not in her office.

This rumor has been proven right by yours truly.

 

 

 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

 

Minnesota born and Raised.

 

HOW DID YOU FIND MATRIX?

 

I had been working at Grace Homes for two months when Matrix bought the company.

 

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?

 

Coffee, and it’s a sad, difficult farewell to my pillow every morning.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST RECENT APP YOU DOWNLOADED AND WHY?

 

Generations (the database we use at the office)  so I can access client information safe from my phone.

 

WHAT IS SOMETHING FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?

 

I play pokemon. Not PokemonGo on my phone (that version is lame) but the original games on Nintendo Gameboy and DS.  I’ve even entered tournaments. My daughter got me into it about 15 years ago, and it was something we did together.

 

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

 

Everyone.  We all have different troubles, fears, and triumphs. I take inspiration from the behavior, aspirations, thoughts, and feelings of everyone around me — the good stuff as well as the bad.

 

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

 

Losing a loved one and a Zombie Apocalypse.

 

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU LEARNED LAST WEEK?

 

Antartica is the only continent without spiders.

 

WHAT THREE WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE MATRIX?

 

Compassionate, Helpful, and  Knowledgeable.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE  YOUR 13-YEAR-OLD SELF?

 

Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up.

 

WHAT IS SUCCESS TO YOU?

 

I am making a difference in someone’s life.

 

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU BECOME AN ADULT?

 

Ha!  I’ll let you know when that happens!

 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT MATRIX?

 

They recognize the value of the individuality of their staff and don’t treat them like interchangeable puzzle pieces.

IF YOU HAD TO EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE EVERYDAY WHAT WOULD IT BE?

 

Tacos.

 

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO OR PERSONAL MANTRA?

 

Never think you don’t influence the world. The effects you leave cannot be erased.

 

WHAT IS AN ABILITY YOU WISH YOU HAD?

 

The instinct to say the right thing at the exact time it is needed the most.

 

YOU ARE THE HAPPIEST WHEN…

 

Friends and family gather at my house for game night.

Kari Eischens of Grace Homes residential care homes for seniors.

Kari Eischens of Grace Homes, residential care homes for seniors in Hopkins, MN. with her daughter and husband.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THE SENIOR CARE INDUSTRY?

 

That the Government would gather doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists (people who work in the industry) and ask us what would improve the care instead of letting politicians make the decisions.

 

IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

 

My from the heart answer is my Grandma Kitty.  I miss her so much. She was my rock and my moral compass. I could be myself when I was with her. She made me feel like she loved me because she liked who I was, not just because she was my Grandma.

 

WHAT WAS THE LAST EXPERIENCE THAT HAS MADE YOU A STRONGER PERSON?

 

Not giving up when my marriage was on the brink of divorce. (We celebrated 26 years in May!)

 

I think I speak for everyone when I say it is a pleasure working with Kari and we are glad to have her a part of our team.  If you are interested in becoming a part of our compassionate team.  See the information below.

 

“WE’RE THERE FOR YOU”

MATRIX HOME HEALTH CARE SPECIALISTS AND GRACE HOMES




To learn more about joining our team and providing compassionate care services:

Please direct any specific inquiries to Elizabeth, our HR Manager,  by calling 952-525-0505

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