Hi, my name is Beatrice. I live in Torrance, CA. I have over 12 years experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my late brother who died of cancer. Since his death, I became very interested in working as a caregiver, helping other people. I am very compassionate, loving, caring, understanding and considerate. I am very reliable, I have patience and I am very supportive.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to be very patient, listen, learn to understand that the person that you're taking care of were once a very healthy person, just putting them in your position, so you try to respect their need. Be very patient, very kind, loving, and ready to assist with any request the client requested. Always remember that the client is always right and you don't argue. You support and smile and let them know that they're very important.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I will never forget is one of my patients that I took care of. She had a hip replacement, who she was very fond. She liked me so much and we connected like we've known each other for a very long time. I assist her in every way that she needed. I run errand for her, go to the store, remind her to take her medication, when she gets up, tried to walk without her walker and I go, "Oh, please, wait. Give me one second. Don't get out of bed the way you want to get up." Then, I tell her to wait and I help her to get out of bed, I give her the walker, I walk her to the bathroom, helped her to change and we would sit down and talk, then she explained the pain and I told her that the pain would go away. The surgery is just very new, It would take a couple of days, the swelling would come down and after I talk with her, she would calm down and she would say, "Beatrice, I don't know what I would do without you because this pain is just so much." I may come and talk and it really helped her and she liked me. When the case was over, she's like, "Oh, I will keep your phone," and she's been calling me since then. Once in a while, she would call to see how I'm doing and we would talk and tell me, "One day we'll go out for lunch," and she really misses me.