Q and A with Stacy from Diego Martin, Trinidad, living in Morvant, Trinidad
“Life is not promised; we can be here today and gone the next. Cherish every moment. We, too, will get old.”
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: I’m passionate about the elderly, their well-being, their care, and making sure their quality of life is one of dignity, respect, and a happy, loving environment. I’m the proud owner of Caregivers & More Nursing Agency. I provide in-home nursing care in the areas of eldercare, hospice, palliative care, nanny care, post op care, hospice, and domestic services. I am a nurse by profession, having been cross trained in the areas of accident & emergency, operating theater, surgical/medical ward, hospice care, midwifery, and palliative care. I’m also a registered phlebotomist and have a certification in dietetics. I’ve been working in elder care/gerontology since the tender age of seventeen (17). My mom is a retired nurse with the same specialty. One decision to help an elderly patient who was in need of a caregiver would set the course of my profession forever. Social work with the emphasis on gerontology is next on my agenda regarding education, but I’m presently working on a presentation to open my new assisted living facility here in Trinidad.
Q: What were your younger years like?
A: Since I was raised by my grandparents, I would say that I’m pretty much old school. My younger sister and I have many fond memories of my grandparents. Always warm, loving figure heads with a wealth of strong principles. I believe this has had a major impact regarding the career path I chose. My educational background is as follows: I graduated Tranquility Government Secondary School class of ’93 at age 16, then I migrated to the U.S. that summer to Silver Springs, where my mom lived and still resides. I would finally decide on my career choice a year later, having seen my mom in a similar job having watched how effortlessly she executed her job with joy. I attended Sheridan University in Brampton, Canada, after having visited my grandfather for a summer. I graduated with a double major of AS Licensed practical nursing and AS nursing administration in 1998. I would then further take various courses in phlebotomy, wound care, and midwifery at West Shore Private Medical Hospital back in Trinidad after I moved back home in 2001.
Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?
A: The one valuable lesson I’ve learned that I’d like others to know is that life is not promised; we can be here today and gone the next. Cherish every moment. We, too, will get old and we’d want our caregivers to treat us with love, respect, and dignity; treat your elderly with compassion, please.
Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A: Simply put, I believe feminism means all genders having equal rights and opportunities. It’s about levelling the playing field between genders and ensuring that diverse women and girls have the same opportunities in life available to boys and men.
MORE ABOUT STACY:
I believe that caring for an elderly person should be done in the comfort of their own home, when we remove them from their place of comfort, we rob them of their peace, stability, and foundation. Caregivers and More was founded on those key principles and as my tagline states: We Believe There Is No Place Like Home
My website is available here.
425-526-3596 is my long distance contact, and I’m on all major social media site such as Facebook: Caregivers Plus Instagram, LinkedIn, WhatsApp: 868-380-1947
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