Hi, my name is Brianna. I live in Springboro, OH. I'm going to be moving to Germantown, Ohio and I've been a caregiver for a few years off and on. I've been taking care of senior residents for about a year now, and I did in-home nanny for quite a few years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I really feel that it is a much-needed field. My great grandfather had dementia and we didn't have any caregivers at that point. This was back in 2011. So, it was just up to my grandparents and mI to take care of him. And it just made him smile so much when the hospice people would come in and the nurse would take care of him. She would play card games with him and she would care for him.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, don't be intimidated by a new resident. They might be someone different than what you worked with. When I started working with dementia, it was a whole other ballpark than what I thought it was going to be. But if you really just look at them as a person, it's not as scary as you think it is. Treat them like you would your best friend.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Mary. She was getting ready for endgame. I mean, her family was there every day, just in case something would have happened. It was not looking good. So I kind of took her under my wing and everyone was afraid to work with her because she was like that little fragile bird with a broken wing. You don't want to get too close because you don't want to make it worse.