CaraVita Home Care's Caregiver of the Month for December 2019 is one of our fabulous live-in caregivers, Rotoya Jiles!
Rotoya is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. Growing up, both her mom and aunt were RNs, and she would go with them to their jobs or the hospital. She got to see what it was like to care for people firsthand and later helped her mom care for both her grandmother and grandfather when they became ill.
Rotoya went into a couple of other fields before becoming a caregiver, but she knew that in all those careers, she was not really happy.
“I prayed to God to ask him to show me what is it that he would have me to do that would truly make a difference in people’s lives. I thought about it long and hard. I asked myself, what gives me energy and excitement? My answer is, and ALWAYS will be helping the elderly.”
Rotoya went on to graduate from Laurus Technical Institute as a medical assistant, an achievement that she is very proud of. “Before I graduated from school, I went through a really hard time. Everyone told me to give up, but I pushed through and have accomplished so much.”Rotoya has worked mainly as a live-in caregiver, where she spends 24 hours per day living in the client’s home. When asked what’s different about being a live-in caregiver, Rotoya said, “You are so connected. Even more so than with hourly care, you feel like family. You interact with the client and family so much more, and it really becomes your new home.”
Now, Rotoya has been a caregiver for ten years and joined the CaraVita team in March 2019 when she moved to Georgia. This past month [October 2019], she graduated from the Academy at CaraVita Home Care CNA program so that she can become and Certified Nursing Assistant.
“I like the professionalism at CaraVita and the fact that I have the opportunity to gain more skills. The staff is so caring, and you can tell that they care about their caregivers as well as their clients.”
Recently, the client Rotoya was caring for had her 81st birthday. Rotoya took her client to a local memory care café to celebrate with the community, and she had put together a slideshow with photos of her client and her family. Knowing that her favorite song was Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Rotoya put a clip from the movie Happy Feet where the song is featured in the slideshow.
“I was a little worried that it wouldn’t connect. Each day, I’m just trying new ways that I can help her remember and connect to who she is. Thankfully, she turned to me, high-fived me, and smiled as she sang proudly, ‘I did it myyyyyyy wayyyy!!!’ It is a moment I’ll never forget.”