Theresa’s mother believes
her daughter showed she was a natural caregiver at 18 months. How? Theresa
tried to change the diapers of an infant sibling. Of course, her mom was right,
but who could have predicted Theresa would be an award-winning CAREGiver with Home Instead
Senior Care® years later for compassionately assisting
people who are in need?
In announcing Theresa’s
CAREGiver of the Month honor recently, Fay Kelting, CAREGiver Development
Specialist with Home Instead of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish in Metairie, said: “Theresa
is an amazing woman, greatly loved by clients and staff. She is reliable and
takes her job very seriously. She works her magic with seniors.”
Theresa, a CAREGiver since July 11,
2013, believes two major events sharpened her ability to help people: an
unspeakable family tragedy in 1984 and her decision to take a job to assist
mentally challenged adults more than 10 years ago.
“My caregiving really began 31 years ago after my
father’s suicide. Mom never recovered from it because her health issues started
to occur, and I was there to help her and continue to do so. In addition, I
worked with the mentally challenged from 2004 to 2007 and it was a blessing to
help them – just as it is a blessing to help seniors now,” Theresa said. “God
gave me the gift of love and a servant’s heart.
“My family and I also helped a grandfather; we
removed him from a nursing home and took care of him as a team. We had a
special tie up until his death in 2003.”
Three responsibilities keep Theresa busy: Assisting
her mother, her CAREGiver job and her self-employed job as a licensed
hairstylist. “Despite all of that,” she said, “I find time to serve God while
remaining active with United
Fellowship Full Baptist Church, where Bishop Tommie L. Triplett Jr. is the
senior pastor and does a phenomenal job.
My faith in God is the only way to make it through
life, and I maintain a healthy lifestyle so I am able to care for others. The
lifestyle includes devotional time in the Word, healthy meals, prayerful walks,
listening to music and staying positive. I am never overwhelmed.”
said she is “absolutely happy” with Home Instead because of the way the
franchise leadership approaches challenges and treats people. “There is a
professionalism with how they go about doing things. They take care of clients
plus CAREGivers and their families. They are flexible, and I know because I had
to take a leave of absence to help Mom. They have ongoing training, which is
helpful. Their meetings are great, and they praise and reward people. They are
an awesome company.”
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