Kaycee Mae Groves
Brighton Hospice Indiana
“A gracious woman retains honor.”
What is something about you that would surprise most people?
My family lived and traveled in a fifth wheel trailer for most of my life. I started singing in front of an audience at the age of three because my daddy was an evangelist (traveling preacher) and that was our livelihood.
What is your favorite book or movie from your childhood?
I always loved watching John Wayne movies with my dad. Big Jake and McLintock were my favorites.
If you could spend a day with any person, living or deceased, who would it be?
I’d spend it with my Dad for sure. I have been blessed with a good, Godly heritage. I’d love to hear him say he loves me, feel his warm hugs again, and spend a day singing and talking with him.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
God’s grace. It never runs out.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever visited?
I love returning to “my second home” in Somerset, Kentucky. I have never known a summer without Camp Victory. It’s my home away from home, and the place I disappear to when I need to get some perspective.
Where is your hometown?
What can you tell us about your family?
I’m the second of four preachers’ kids, and now I have four children of my own.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
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Kaycee Groves, CNA
Kaycee with her boyfriend, Justin, and her four children.
(From left to right): Jasik (6), Ry’lee Kay (4), Josiah (6), Davia Rae (10)
“Kaycee exudes excellence and has been a wonderful addition to our Brighton family. Her passion for excellent patient care shows every day with her attention to detail with her patients, always making sure their needs are met, and her communication with fellow team members.
Thank you for always giving it your all, day in and day out, and showing what the Brighton difference looks like!”
– The Brighton Leadership Team
What inspired you to pursue a career in hospice care?
I took over care for my great grandmother for many years when her nursing facility did not. After undergoing terrible treatment of my own while stuck in a hospital for several weeks, I decided to enter the healthcare field with one goal in mind. I wanted to make sure every patient I came in contact with received the best care possible.
My heart was truly with Alzheimer’s patients, so I went to work in a memory care unit. I loved every minute of it! I found myself really connecting with the people there, but one in particular. We were inseparable and I quickly became part of his family.
How did you first learn about Brighton Hospice?
After a series of unfortunate events, my sweet friend fell ill and our facility called in one of the three hospice companies we had been known to use: Brighton Hospice.
It was incredible to see the awesome level of care he received. I was privileged to be at his bedside when he passed. Brighton Hospice was so good to him and to “our family “ during the whole process. It was evident that Brighton wasn’t in it for the money, or just to make a census high. The caregivers Brighton sent in were there to be the best, and I never witnessed them provide anything less than that. That’s when I knew there was something special about Brighton’s team.
I returned to the facility the next morning for my shift and things just seemed so empty without him there. I suddenly felt like I had no more purpose there; like I had done all I could do there. I didn’t know a ton about Brighton, but I knew I wanted to be a part of the work that they do. So, I called and asked for an interview.
How long have you been with Brighton?
I’ve now been with Brighton 5 months!
What is your proudest moment at Brighton Hospice?
I love seeing how this team bands together to accomplish its goals. Personally, I get excited when I have a breakthrough with a patient that may not have been willing to open up to anyone else. That moment when you realize you’ve finally connected and earned a patient’s trust is a really wonderful feeling.
What are your hopes for the hospice care / healthcare industry?
I’ve heard many healthcare workers say that they prefer not to get attached to the patients they care for because it makes it harder to lose them. There is just no part of me that agrees with that statement. Healthcare can’t just be about a paycheck. Your heart has GOT TO BE in it. I can’t tell you how many people I have met that are just sitting/laying in facilities, hoping and waiting for just one family member to pay them a visit.
I believe that YOU should be the brightest part of every day they have left. So, I will put my heart on the line for every patient I come in contact with, because that’s where my heart is at. I will be the one person they can always count on. My hope is to become that family member that they can’t wait to see come through those doors. I will continue to get attached to each and every one, even in hospice care when they are in their last stages of life, because I don’t believe I’d be doing my job right if I didn’t.
My hope for hospice care is to see more companies like Brighton showing that kind of care and spreading that kind of love to every person they come in contact with.
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
No, I’ll just write a book!