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Trina Joins Exercise Class to Keep Client Engaged

It is not so much a negotiation as it is a reassurance. 

Award-winning CAREGiver Trina White joins her 97-year-old client’s 30-minute exercise class every weekday morning and loves it. The client tells Trina: “I will go to the class if you will.” So Trina gladly does it for her client, an assisted living resident. “He’s in a wheelchair,” Trina said, “so he’s always in a sitting position and moving arms and legs as much as he can. In addition to the class, if it is warm enough, I will take him outside for a while and get some fresh air.”

Of all the folks who come in contact with the client, the facility managers tell Trina that she is his favorite. The World War II Navy veteran, who has dementia, does not remember Trina’s name, but he instantly recognizes her friendly face and craves her compassionate ways and conversation. “He calls me his daughter,” Trina said. 

“He has told me his whole family history – he can go way back in time with memories, but he also asks me where his wife and mother are. Both have passed away, but I do not try to explain that fact at this point in his life, just that I have not seen them. He seems satisfied with that, and I turn to redirecting him to other topics,” Trina added. 

“I assist him Monday through Friday, but I will join him on the weekends if I am needed as a fill-in. I always want him to have a familiar face for his care. 

For her exemplary work with her client and with other clients on a fill-in basis, Trina was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior Care® Livonia.

“I have always loved helping people who have special needs. I worked for a senior-care company in Miami for three years and enjoyed the job,” said Trina, who has worked for owner Glenna Yaroch’s franchise since November 2014. “I heard about Home Instead Senior Care and about how good a company it was from two sisters who worked for them.”

Working for Home Instead is part of a reacquainting process for the Detroit native, who lived in Miami for eight years before moving back to help her grandmother and aunt, who have both passed way.  Family has always been a priority in Trina’s life, and she’s proud of her family.

“My husband Scott retired from the Miami-Dade Police Department as a sergeant following our eight years there and after a law enforcement career that also included the Detroit Police Department,” Trina said. “My husband is a great guy. We moved back to the Detroit area to be near with family, old and young, and help where we are needed.” 

“Young” includes Trina’s daughter who recently graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and already has secured a job with the City of Dearborn Heights. “We are so very proud of her,” Trina said. 

Trina also is proud to be working with Home Instead and developing family-like relationships with the office staff, other CAREGivers and her clients. 

“I am happy with Home Instead,” she said, “and everything is good. The staff gets along well. People in the office make you feel important and valued. They are supportive and flexible, and the hours are always available to work. Not everyone is a perfect fit, but Home Instead does a good job of matching you with a client. 

“The backup is good if you cannot make a shift, which is very important to me because I care deeply for my client. With a dementia client, we try to keep a familiar face even if it means working an extra day or two a week to fill in for someone who can’t make it.”

Trina praises the Home Instead Senior Care training, which includes such specialized courses as the Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® Training Program. Trina also is working on additional education opportunities, including a program at Henry Ford College that will lead to certification as a registered nurse.​ 

“My daughter has been very motivating with this step in my life,” she said. “I have finished all the prerequisite courses, and I am waiting to get into the program by next fall. I am a CNA, having earned that certification in Florida, and I just renewed the certification for Michigan. If I can get into a position that works out for both me and Home Instead when I go to school, I would love to stay. I like this job, and I wouldn’t mind rotating between facilities if something like that came up. Life is good, and I see even better things ahead.”​

Home Instead CAREGivers, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, provide a variety of non-medical services to help keep seniors independent. For inquiries about employment with Home Instead Senior Care, please call (734) 525-5300 or email LeeAnn Loveland. Home Instead Senior Care also accepts online applications to become a in home caregiver.
For further information about the company, visit Home Instead Senior Care Livonia MI, or to learn more about the company's senior home care services by viewing our digital brochure.​


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