Hi, my name is Alicia. I live in San Antonio, TX. I have seven years experience in caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because it came natural, as a child, growing up in the home with my grandma and my grandpa. They were elderly. They became sick while I was very young, so I had to help them out. My grandfather had his leg amputated when I was age 11, so I had to witness that, and also helped him get used to the transition from being able to walk on his own, to walking on a prosthetic leg.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be make sure that this is something that you're passionate about. Make sure when you go into the home or the workplace to care for someone, you do them as you would want someone to do your mother, or your father, or your child, or even yourself. You do it with an open mind, that sometimes people end up this way and it's not planned.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Grace, because we started off rocky, but as time passed, she grew to love me and I grew to love her. And she became my family. We kept in touch, and still to this day, we still do. Even when I wasn't on the job, she can call on me because she has became like family to me. And she was, and still is, like family to me. And I just fell for her. We had so many good days.