What are your strengths as a caregiver?
What I think makes me a great caregiver is my drive - you have to want to care for people and you have to like your job. If you don't like what you're doing, you're not going to do it good, you're not going to do it to your full potential.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget was one when I was working at a skilled nursing center. She always wanted to give me little trinkets and things and gifts, and I told her I could never accept and she'd draw me pictures instead. And she would always say that she was only there for two weeks - and she had been there for much longer than that, but we'd always agree with her - and she was just really sweet.
What is your most challenging experience as a caregiver?
The most challenging client I had was at a skilled nursing center. She was partially blind and she didn't really want anyone to help her or care for her - she felt like she was more independent. But after working with her for a while, she opened up to me and warmed up. She had her bad days like everyone else, but she warmed up to me and no one else in that other facility. So it was really nice.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
One piece of advice for a new caregiver, I would have to say, would be to just take your time and be patient. Patience is the key. You have to be able to wait on someone, so you're on their time and you have to care for them. You can't rush things - if you rush, it's going to be worse.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment as a caregiver was actually working with that hardest patient I've ever had. She was partially blind, as I said before. I was very proud because I hadn't been a caregiver for that long and no one else got through to her but me. So I was very proud of myself.