Empowering, educating and supporting caregivers

A professionally trained and seasoned caregiver

As a loving caregiver to my mother for 14 years, I understand the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of the caregiver’s journey. My mother passed away in February 2017, just short of her 100th birthday.  I started Heart Light Enterprises, LLC to help family caregivers overcome the stress and negativity of caregiving to find meaning and resilience in this life changing journey.

With over 40 years in the healthcare industry, I am both a Certified Caregiving Consultant ™ and Certified Caregiving Educator™, in addition to holding a Master’s Degree in Audiology. As a member of several professional speaker organizations, I am also an author, dynamic speaker and well recognized Distinguished Toastmaster. As a former instructor for Baylor College of Medicine, I have extensive experience working with physicians and patients in hospital and crisis environments.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

Certified Caregiving Consultant ™
Certified Caregiving Educator ™
Certified Dementia Practitioner CDP #238775
Advisory Council, Caregiving.com
Advisory Board, The Center for Family Caregivers
Faculty Member, National Caregiving Conference 2018-2019
Former Instructor Baylor College of Medicine
Speaking Circles ® Facilitator
Seek and Speak Your Story ® Facilitator
Member, Toastmasters International

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TONI GITLES
Certified Caregiving Consultant ™
Certified Caregiving Educator ™


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My Caregiving Story

HOW I LEARNED the importance of caregiver support

When mom asked if I would take her to a doctor’s appointment in 2003, I had no idea I would end up becoming a caregiver for 14 years. That’s a long, long time!

At the time, mom was a healthy, active, energetic octogenarian. As she got older, I was there for her as she experienced one unexpected health crisis after another, eventually struggling with vision, hearing, mobility, and other issues of great concern and decline.

Navigating this journey by trial and error, I figured out the do’s and don’ts of caregiving almost completely on my own. As an only child and dutiful daughter, I put mom’s care and quality of life as a top priority. Alway asking first, what were her desires and needs, we navigated “the caregiving years” together.

Never knowing when the end might surprise us, we lived life fully, expressed our love frequently, and created memories that I treasure today. The time I spent as a caregiver changed my life forever. At the end of our journey, I was able to say that I had no regrets. Mom died peacefully February 20, 2017.