Hi. My name is Tonya. I live in Brookshire, TX and I've been a caregiver for 14 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because it's in my natural nature to help people. Ever since I've been in school, I've always wanted a position to care for people, but what would really trigger me and made me more passionate about becoming a caregiver is when my mom became ill with dimentia. She currently has Alzheimer's, and I took care of her for a few years, but prior to that, I had many years of experience.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be patience. Patience is the key when dealing with patients who can't care for themselves. Patience is the key. You have to be patient, and you also have to be passionate about what you do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget was a client that I had when I worked in the Brain Injury and Rehabilitation Center. He was a 20-year-old client. He got caught up in a caar accident which affected him physically, as well as it affected his brain, to where he couldn't talk like he needed to, and his thought process was a little bit off, but it was more physical than anything. I won't forget him because he was extremely persistent, and he persevered through all odds. He came in there in a wheelchair, and he came out walking. Although everything wasn't back to normal, he pushed himself so much, he was halfway back to normal.