Get to Know…Nicky Baker, Volunteer

| By Jodi Horton

Editor’s Note: This column features people who keep things running behind the scenes and those who are on the “front lines,” providing care to our patients. All of the Casa employees and volunteers have been asked to answer five questions. The first three emphasize their hospice care work and the last two give you just a little taste of who they are besides a hospice worker or volunteer.

Q: What led you to volunteer for a hospice organization?

A: My husband received care through Casa when he was dying.

Q: What are your volunteer responsibilities?

A: I am currently volunteering at the front desk and do usual receptionist duties as well as other office work as needed, and help at memorial services and Foundation activities.

Q: In your opinion, what value does hospice care bring to healthcare?

A: Hospice care is invaluable to those who are suffering and in pain in terms of TLC and just additional human comfort and companionship. Care given to the day-to-day caregivers by the family members also can’t be measured in monetary value. The respite care and just outside caring comfort just cannot be measured.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: Reading and nature appreciation

Q: When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: A teacher, and I did!

Two bonus questions!

Q: What is one thing on your bucket list?

A: Think my bucket has a hole in it, and wishes are diminishing, but travel to Papua New Guinea is still there.

Q: If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

A: Complicated question. Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister. I have heard her speak in person and think she would have a lot of valuable information to furnish and to discuss.

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