Hi! My name is Triba. I live in the city of San Antonio, Texas, and I have over 22 years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, I was a teen Mom in high school, and this program was designed to keep teen mothers from dropping out of school, so when I did volunteer services down at Baptist Hospital, in downtown San Antonio, I became very involved with this particular field, and it became a passion of mine. So I love what I do. I love helping others.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to make sure they understand that this particular field involves a lot of care and compassion and time, and a lot of devotion. You need to be accurate. It requires punctuality, and it requires to have an understanding because each individual has different needs that need to be assessed. Not everyone is the same. You're going to have some people that don't really want the help, but they require the help, because they haven't quite processed the understanding that they can't do what they used to do. So I would tell a new caregiver, try to have a little bit of patience and a little bit of understanding, and just give it some time.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I will never forget is a little lady. I called her Aouiletta. She was a very, very caring lady. She didn't have much family, and she would call me her granddaughter, her granddaughter Chocolate, and she was a very, very nice lady. She just really liked the company. She liked conversation. She liked just to have someone to talk to. She liked companionship. I always made sure I'd be at the check and change. I did the every two minute check. She was a very lovely lady, very lovely lady. She declined rapidly due to her illness, but for the most part, while she was still here, breathing and alive, she inspired me to continue in the field and to do the best that I could possibly do and be the best that I could be as far as being a health care provider. She told me that I was an angel sent from above, and she was thankful for God sending me to her.