Hello, my name is Tenisha. I live in Escondido, CA but I am relocating to Long Beach, CA. I have worked with elderly residents in a retirement home for a year and I am currently working with disabled children and I have been doing this for a year, as well.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I started helping my mother take care of my grandmother about a year before she passed. It was hard work but it was something that I actually enjoyed. So after she passed, I decided to go into a career with caregiving. I worked at a retirement home for a year and I absolutely loved the residents. I loved being there, I loved being a companion, I loved being someone that they felt safe with and can rely on and that is what I benefited from having that type of job and this is why I want to continue in this field.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would definitely be we need to have patience when working with the elderly. We need to know that not everything needs to be rushed and they need to work and do things in their own way and if they need help, that's what we are here for. But we definitely cannot rush them and we definitely shouldn't make them feel like they need to rush themselves. Also, I would say, understanding. They need to know that we're here to listen to them and to understand all the needs that they have and that they can trust us to be able to help them with anything that they need to accomplish.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget is a woman I cared for named Caroline. She was 1 of 16 clients that I had at the time but she was the most wonderful person I can honestly say I've ever met. She was just loving and caring. We had countless conversations about her past and when she used to be a teacher and her face would just light up any time we would talk about it and you can see that she just genuinely loved to have that companion there and that person that was interested in her and interested in her life experiences and kind of gave her that platform where she can share these things and she just really enjoyed it. I loved listening to her stories and being able to just hang out with her, I would hang out with her whenever I would have my breaks or my lunches and I can honestly say that she definitely had my heart and I've very blessed to have known her.