BioI have loved spending time with older people ever since I was a young girl. I enjoy hearing their stories and learning from their past experiences. I especially loved spending time with my grandparents. My grandpa was like a father to me, so I was able to care for my grandpa before he passed. I would cook meals for him and just to be there when he needed someone to talk to. I will forever cherish all the values he taught me in life. He was an inspiration in my life, which is why I was drawn to this career field.
I've been a caregiver for years, which includes caring for close family members.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A CAREGIVER?
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME A CAREGIVER?The close relationship with my grandpa motivated me to be a caregiver. I will always love and cherish his memory.
I am passionate about taking care of people and being there for people that are vulnerable and need assistance with their care. I also enjoy hearing clients share stories from their childhood, or past experiences in their life, and seeing the joy in their eyes when they remember the past.
WHAT ASPECT OF YOUR JOB ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I am making things more possible for clients by making the clients feel safe and at ease as if I was part of their family.
HOW ARE YOU MAKING THINGS MORE POSSIBLE FOR YOUR BRIGHTSTAR CLIENTS?
My advice for other caregivers is to be present and attentive.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER CAREGIVERS?
My favorite caregiving moment was helping someone unpack some boxes and we ended up looking through some of the scrapbooks. This person shared with me some wonderful memories. She revealed how valuable family is to them. This inspired me to be a little bit more like them. I even told myself I was going to start scrapbooking.
TELL US YOUR FAVORITE CAREGIVING MOMENT/STORY
What keeps me energized is knowing that I'm being of service to someone in need... and also coffee!
HOW DO YOU RE-ENERGIZE?
A FEW WORDS ABOUT BRENDA FROM AN APPRECIATIVE CLIENT:"Brenda is proactive and shows real concern for me. Thank you for assigning me a strong, mature, and fully capable young woman.” – D.R.
“Brenda has always been reliable and caring. She knows just what to do when it comes to making a client feel comfortable. Her knowledge and experience as a caretaker is acknowledged by the wonderful feedback from all her clients.”
A FEW WORDS ABOUT BRENDA FROM THE BRIGHTSTAR OFFICE STAFF:
BRENDA WILL BE A WEST COAST CANDIDATE FOR CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR. ONE EMPLOYEE WILL BE SELECTED FROM EACH REGION TO BECOME A BRIGHT STAR NATIONAL FINALIST. PLEASE SEE VIDEOS OF THE 2022 FINALISTS…(and get tissue): LINK TO CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR VIDEOS