PEOPLE AT WORK - Karen Kuhn

Karen Kuhn, 63, of Norwalk. Occupation: Nurse Aide at Norwalk Memorial Home for six years. Previously worked at Milan Nursing Home for 13 years. Personal care, ambulate residents and provide any care that they need.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Karen Kuhn, 63, of Norwalk.

Occupation: Nurse Aide at Norwalk Memorial Home for six years. Previously worked at Milan Nursing Home for 13 years. Personal care, ambulate residents and provide any care that they need.

Family: Dad, George VonSeggern; sons, Bob and John; and two grandsons.

Education: Norwalk High School, NCTC for nursing but dropped out to take care of ill mother.

What was the first job you ever had? Babysitting in high school. I made 50 cents an hour. It took a long time to save, but I paid my equipment for cosmetology school.

What has been your dumbest customer request or question? A visitor came in and asked, "Do you take care of people here?" Of course we do!

What was your most embarrassing moment at work? I slipped and fell trying to help a resident to the restroom. My co-workers ended up helping me instead!

What is your dream job? I enjoy helping people. I really like doing what I'm doing.

The most challenging part of my job is? Knowing how much that person can do for themselves. Reward: knowing I made their life better.

What annoys you the most (biggest pet peeve)? A call light comes on when I've just walked out the door.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Chocolate. For health reasons I'm not allowed to eat it.

Most embarrassing part of your CD collection: Barry Manilow. My family hates him!

Favorite childhood memory: My dad was a truck driver so on weekends we'd take short trips.

What is the best thing about living in Norwalk? Everything is close by.

What do you like to do when you aren't working? Sew or read.

What's been the best car you've ever owned? My Ford Escape (I just bought. I've wanted one for three years). I love it!

How do you get off the phone with a telemarketer? Hang up, say "She's not here right now" to them.

What do you do for exercise? How often? Walk and work constantly.

What's your favorite recreational/leisure activity and why? Not much time with my schedule.

How do you relieve stress? Sewing. Jabbing pins in the pin cushion is therapeutic.

Name your favorite place to eat: Bob Evans. Don't go out often.

What's your favorite song? "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters.

In high school, everyone thought I: was very shy I was!

The best advice I ever got was: treat people like you'd treat your parents. I try to do this on the job.

People would be surprised to know that I: make most of my own clothes.

My dream house would have: four bedrooms and a huge kitchen. Mine is so small and I love to cook.

A movie or play that everyone should see is: the new Diane Keaton movie it is hilarious!