My name is Trenia. I live in the city of Phoenix, AZ and I have 20 years experience of caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after her radiation and chemotherapy, I was in charge of taking care of her for about a year, and that's how I got interested in caregiving.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to really have the heart to do what you're doing and to love it. It's not always pretty. It's not always glamorous, but when a resident or a client looks up at you with a smile and a thank you, it means the world to them that you're there. And also, the self-satisfaction is just worth a million dollars.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget. Her name was Mary, and when I first started working at the facility, everybody told me how difficult she was, how mean she was, and how it took a lot of people to get her to get out of bed. Well, the first morning, I had to work with her alone. I went into her room. First, I knocked and I said, "Miss Mary. My name is Trina. I'm here to get you up this morning so we can have breakfast together. We're going to have eggs and we're going to read the newspaper together. Whatever you need me to do for you this morning, I'm here to help you." She turned to me and said, "Well, thank you, Honey," and asked me to help her up. I helped her up, got her to the bathroom, got her dressed, her teeth in, hair done. As I'm walking her down the hallway, everybody's looking, like, "Wow. She didn't give you a fight or anything?" And I said, "No." And they said, "What did you do?" And I said, "I just told her what we was going to do." So that was it. I had a lot more like that, in the time working there. So it was a good thing.