Hello! My name is Telerisha. I live in Calvert, TX. And I have been a caregiver for a little over two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, my grandmother raised me and she was a single mother of 14. My grandfather passed away when my mother was pregnant with me, and ever since then I have lived with my grandmother. And she is the sweetest person you would ever get to know. She's 87 years old now, and although that she's elderly she still can get around. She'll cook for herself. She cleans. She's very independent. But, the love and passion that I have for being around her and being in the setting of the other people, and helping them inspired me to wanting to be in this profession.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to do what you love and love what you do. If you do not absolutely love the profession or the work that you're doing, and care for the residents, and going to grow a rapport with them, interacting with them, being around them all the time, then it's not for you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget is Mr. Paul. Mr. Paul was an 84-year-old cancer patient and no one could get Mr. Paul to talk or say anything. Every time he would talk it would be short, you couldn't understand what he was saying. But every time that I would come over, and I would interact with him, I would play games with him. I was trying to do things to make him open up more to me so that he would feel comfortable with me, comfortable being around me. Then one morning, I went to work and the first shift ladies were getting off, and as I walked in he said very, very, very loudly, "Here she comes." And everyone just paused because they were not used to Mr. Paul being so interactive and being so happy and talking. And especially as loud as he can be. And it melted my heart.