Jackie Tucker: A Lifetime of Caregiving
By Suzanne Carroll, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SOQUEL — Ever since she was a young girl, Jackie Tucker has felt her purpose was to take care of others. Jackie has been working in elder care since her teens; her godmother, Irma Bravo, operated several board-and-care facilities in Santa Monica, and it was under her guidance that Jackie took the first steps on her vocational path. She earned her degree as a residential care facility administrator and worked in several homes where she further developed her skills. Jackie later moved to Santa Cruz and fulfilled her dream of starting her own agency, Care From The Heart – In Home Services, Inc. “It’s in my core to be a care provider,” she says. “It’s my passion.”
What Jackie loves most about her job are the profound connections she makes with others. “I aim to develop an intuitive understanding of my patients—the kind of connection where things are left unsaid and there’s a heartfelt feeling that you’re present with the other person,” she explains. For Jackie, true caregiving means being fully at peace in the presence of another.
Today, Jackie lives in Santa Cruz County with her husband, Jeff, a firefighter and co-owner of Care From The Heart, and their teenage daughter, who attends Kirby School. Jackie says her favorite part of the Bay Area is her very own neighborhood. “It’s exquisite. It’s an old country road where many residents have lived for years. One of our neighbors is actually a beekeeper.” On her own property, Jackie keeps a goat, a pig, sheep, chickens and roosters. In her spare time, she takes advantage of the outdoors by horseback riding and camping, and she also enjoys listening to jazz.
Jackie says being a business owner means earning her daily bread through hard, honest work. She credits her successes not only to herself, but to divine intervention and the support of her mentors and husband. At the end of the day, Jackie’s mission is to treat patients and family members with dignity and respect so they feel secure during their time of need. “Caring for others has always come naturally to me, and for that, I’m grateful.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Sit in a rocking chair with an afghan on my lap in front of a large window, drink coffee and listen to jazz.
Q: Who’s your favorite musician?
A: Tito Puente.
Q: Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A: Can I pick goat person? I love my goat; he always calls out to me when I’m leaving my house or when I’m coming home. It’s very moving.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Tea cups.
Q: If you could travel to any country, where would you go?
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A: New Zealand.