Hi, my name is Aida. I live Baltimore, MD and I've been a caregiver for 5 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I saw the way people in Africa are suffering without people taking care of them. One way or the other, if someone is growing old, you really need someone like an assistant or someone you trust to really take good care of you in your old age. And I chose this job because I would love the same thing to be done unto me. When I grow old and I can't help myself, I would love someone to really take care of me the same way I take care of these people. Aside from the fact that I get paid for it, it's also my passion.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to really create a special bond so that in the future you don't only see a "patient" instead you will look at them as a friend. They can always count on you with or without the pay. In case anything happens, because you can never tell the future, this same family could usually count on you, so they can usually refer you to other families for a source of employment in case of that or anything.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The clients I will never forget are Mr. Sole and Mrs. Sole. I worked there for five good years. It is memorable. I stayed in contact with the family and up to now, the daughter still comes back to me to check with me once in a while. And because I did a great service for their family, their daughter assisted me here and there. That's one family I would never forget. And I became close to the family and I'm part of their family and I'm glad I did.