Hi, my name is Vonshetta, I stay in Katy, TX, and I've been a caregiver almost 12 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mom got sick when I was younger so I've been doing caregiving jobs since I was 20 years old. I love the experience to take care of elderly people. It is something that I always wanted to do. I always wanted to go and get my CNA and work in this field as well. I've been doing a caregiving for a long time. I stopped doing home aid care for a caregiver and went out and did assisted living homes and memory care.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is that when you go into this field and you start being a caregiver it is wonderful. You learn so much about the people that you're taking care of, especially the elderly. They are very sweet, nice people. My advice to tell you is to work hard, listen to them. Take care of them like if that was your mother. Do your best as the knowledge you know. Make sure they are taken care of as well.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget; her name was Ms. Doris. Oh, I loved Ms. Doris. She used to stay at the one in Carriage Inn. I took care of her for years. And then when I stopped working there, I went to The Orchard and she decided to come there. When I seen her face when she popped up at The Orchard, it made me glow. She was the most sweetest, fearless person I've ever known. She's outgoing. She's very spoken and I loved taking care of her. She never gave me any problems. She was just the sweetest old lady you could ever take care of. She made me feel like I was at home. She made me feel like she was my grandmother that I can come to her, talk to her about anything and I loved it. I miss her dearly. She passed away about three years ago but I wouldn't trade her for the world. Ms. Doris, she was the best you could ever have