Answering the urgent call for families faced with the challenge of caring for a loved one at home is Senior911’s mission. A nurse-owned and operated private-duty home care provider manages meal preparation, medication reminders, concierge service, and skilled nursing services. The staff is dementia-certified and takes a holistic approach to every service. We caught up with Sonja Gunter, Nurse Administrator with Senior911 to get to know her.
City Lifestyle: What advice would you give a young woman entering your industry today?
Sonja Gunter: Buckle up and dig deep. Being the owner of your own business is quite gratifying and rewarding. But never forget, the baby is yours. You birthed it. So just like your own newborn baby, no one is going to nurture it like you. You have to consistently share the vision and pray that the people on your team believe in that vision as well. This means during the ebbs and flows, you must also remain a believer. Then there’s the added pressure of owning a home care business. You must remain selfless, patient, and empathetic with not only the clients we serve, but the staff who serves them as well.
CL: How do you destress, find your zen, and relax at the end of a busy day?
SG: I created a very relaxing atmosphere in my bedroom with aromatic candles and low lights. It is my safe space. So when I get home, I head upstairs, light candles, turn on jazz music, and prepare to relax for the night.
CL: What are your pet peeves in the business workplace?
SG: Mediocrity. Average performance. I am high energy most days and I have very high expectations. I tell everyone who comes to work for Senior911, if you are looking for just another agency, it will not work. I will not tolerate a subpar work ethic. Thankfully, my office staff understands this and shares my sentiments.
CL: How will you be spending Mother's Day this year?
SG: I am not sure of the details yet but most certainly, relaxing somewhere. Hopefully somewhere warm with beautiful blue waters.
4122 Chattahoochee Trace Suite 202, Duluth, GA