CLINTON — Daughter for Hire has introduced a new Director of Client Care Gabrielle Flihan.
Flihan has grown into the position after serving in a variety of different roles since 2013. She first started as a caregiver where she found a passion for building relationships, caring for her clients, communicating with family members, and making life for the elderly better by helping them feel a sense of joy and endearment.
Being a caregiver allowed Flihan to see the impact that Daughter for Hire has on clients and their families and inspired her to contribute to the company’s growth in a different way. She started to complete administrative tasks and help Daughter for Hire grow through a social media presence.
“Helping others has always been a passion of mine from an early age,” said Flihan. “I was always involved in volunteer work and as a result, had the opportunity to help people of all different ages. Out of all of the volunteer experiences completed, I realized that I gravitated toward providing care for the senior population.”
She said, “Through this experience, I found that aging in place is difficult for the elderly, but more possible if they have the proper assistance. Daughter for Hire embodies this in its mission and values the importance of providing compassionate care to such a vulnerable group.”
Flihan attended Saint John Fisher College and received her bachelor’s of arts degree in secondary education, with a focus in English and special education. After receiving her bachelor’s, she began her teaching career in Rochester.
As a teacher, Flihan found a love for providing her students a nurturing and supportive environment where rapport was strong and inspiration was limitless. Although Flihan said she loved her time teaching in Rochester, she moved back to the Mohawk Valley area in 2019 to be closer to her family. While teaching, Flihan continued to work for Daughter for Hire and has been instrumental in the company’s successful hiring effort, as well as her positive contributions to the company’s organization and standardization of operations, policies and procedures.
Asked about her motivation, Flihan said, “One of the greatest gifts that I received was having grandparents who included me in their lives from when I was young. They provided me with the love and care that shaped me into who I am today. However, as we grow older, roles tend to reverse and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to care for them in much the same way that they cared for me. This motivates me to be a part of our client population’s lives by ensuring that they receive compassionate care as they age in their homes.”
Daughter for Hire is a company that has the reputation for being appreciated and valued by its clients and their families, as well as by their caregivers for the work they do.
Flihan’s vision for Daughter for Hire centers on helping the company expand beyond the Mohawk Valley and Capital District to provide help to seniors wishing to age in place throughout the State.
Experience has shown that there are more seniors in New York needing assistance than there are caregivers available to provide care. Daughter for Hire’s primary goal is to coordinate assistance for the elderly with caregivers that are passionate about what they do.
Flihan said she is eager to continue her work with Daughter for Hire in her new role and looks forward to building a positive presence within her community.