Lori Anderson’s workdays begin around 7 a.m. when she arrives at the home of Mariline, 88, and Roy, 89, on the North Side. She prepares breakfast for Mariline, and afterward, her day consists of cleaning up around the house, making meal plans and grocery lists, and spending time with Mariline.
Anderson is a CAREGiver with Home Instead, located at 223 N.W. Second St. Ste. 310. CAREGivers specialize in the personal care industry, attending to individuals in their homes in order to enhance their quality of life so they can remain independent for as long as possible.
The Boonville, Indiana, native and current Evansville resident’s resume is varied. A graduate of Boonville High School and a former University of Southern Indiana student, she’s worked in the cashier’s office at USI, as a legal assistant for Biesecker Dutkanych & Macer, LLC, and a bread baker at Vecchio’s Italian Market all before joining Home Instead in 2011. During her almost-five years with the company she’s cared for two long-term clients; Anderson has been with Mariline and Roy for almost three years.
“I know a lot of people go other places every day … but I like the same gig continuously,” she says. “I like to get to know them, I like to get to know their routines, what they like, and what they don’t like.”
To Anderson, working in the personal care industry is more than just helping clients with chores, daily activities, and more. She enjoys cooking and fixing the couple their favorite meals, but also says spending her day getting to know Mariline and Roy and hearing their stories is a great aspect of her job.
“I’ve had some really special clients. It’s just interesting to listen to some of this stuff,” says Anderson. “The last couple I was with, man, they could tell some stories. (Mariline and Roy) are the same way. That’s something I think is good for them, too.”
For more information about Home Instead, call 812-471-0050 or visit homeinstead.com/Evansville.