Tina is originally from Nigeria but moved to the U.S. over thirty years ago to attend Jacksonville State University in Anniston, Alabama. She anticipated going back home to Nigeria but ended up meeting her first husband while in school there and stayed.
Tina has three children whom she is incredibly proud of one girl and two boys. Her daughter just completed her Masters degree in Speech Pathology, her older son has graduated from Kennesaw State University and is now in pharmacy school, while her younger son is in his second year at Kennesaw State University.
"I recently brought one of my sons by the CaraVita office and introduced him to Beth [CaraVita CEO]. I told her, 'This is who you all have been feeding for fourteen years!" Tina shared, laughing.
Just this past year, Tina got married again to the man who was her very first boyfriend when she was young. They reconnected after 30 years when she went to visit Nigeria, and she says she is so happy to have found him again!
Tina's confidence and positivity are part of what makes her such a fabulous part of the CaraVita Home Care team. "I'm very proud of what I do," Tina says. "Working for CaraVita has given me so much stability, and I really love and enjoy my job. They always have little ways they show appreciation for their employees, and it's steady work, which I like!"
Tina's clients love her, too. When we called the husband of her current client to tell him about Tina winning our Caregiver of the Month Award, he said, "She should be caregiver of the year…or even the decade! I have the greatest confidence in Tina. She has exhibited experience and knowledge in so many areas, and I really just trust her. She is also a leader amongst her peers and fellow caregivers. She communicates well with the staff at the community as well as other caregivers coming on and off shifts and always makes sure that everything transitions smoothly. She has become a friend of mine, too! She gives me advice, and I've just learned so much from her. She is so knowledgeable and just the complete package when it comes to a caregiver. I hope she continues to excel in whatever she does!," he shared.
Tina says that patience and being a good listener are the most important things needed as a caregiver. She recalls her first visit with a client she had many years ago. She knew that he had turned away many caregivers before her, but she was determined to give it a try.
"He was very organized and neat, and he just wanted to make sure you put things back where you found them! I could handle that. On the first day, he walked me over to show me his Rolex and said, 'You see this? If you take it, I'll shoot you.'" Tina laughed and looked at him and said, "I understand. If you give me a chance, I will take really good care of you." She ended up being his primary caregiver for five years!
"No matter how hard someone may seem to be," Tina says, "you just have to figure out what the thing is that matters most to them. If you can figure out what that is, then you won't have a problem."
We are so grateful that Tina has chosen to be a part of the CaraVita Home Care family for over a decade. Thank you, Tina, and congratulations!