Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
The person who inspired me to be a caregiver was my grandmother. I took care of her for four years while I was in high school. After high school, I continued to take care of her until she passed on.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget was this German gentleman. He used to try to teach me German words and things like that. He was awesome, he was very smart. He moved to the US when he was about 20 years old, and he was an engineer, and he still had all his brain cells and he was always making jokes about other old people. I loved him so much.
Can you tell us a little bit about one of your most challenging experiences?
The most challenging client that I had, she was a lady and she had Alzheimers and dementia, and she was a wanderer. At first, she didn't like me, just culturally we were different and we had to work through things. And just time, it really took time for her to get to know me and for her to trust me. That's how I dealt with her.
What makes you a great caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?My proudest moment as a caregiver was - back to my most challenging client - when she learned how to trust me and we almost became best friends was my proudest moment as a caregiver. I felt like I had overcome an obstacle because it was very tough at first, but I hung in there and she got along at the end of it.
What makes me a great caregiver? Due to the fact that I cared for my grandmother, I feel like I have a lot of patience. Patience is a virtue, my momma always told me. So I think caring for elderly people, you have to have patience and love. You have to have a caring heart because you have to think about like you're going to be old one day and you're going to want somebody to treat you with respect and dignity.