Hello, my name is Corrine. I live in Houston, TX. I have been a caregiver for about 4 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because since I was a teenager, my grandma had dementia and Alzheimer's, so I used to take care of her. I was very happy to see her happy too and comfortable. So, in that way, I feel like, "Yeah, that is what I really need to do. I like to see people happy, comfortable, healthy."
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to other caregiver would be, be patient. Patience, for me, I think is the number one skill that any caregiver needs to have because dealing with the patient is not easy. Imagine someone that his life just change one day like that suddenly and he is not doing what he used to do himself. So it's not easy to just open his arms, his hands, whatever part of the body to take care of him, so you really need to be patient. You need to understand what he's going through. You need to be open-minded, know how to deal with him or her emotionally. So you need to be there. You need to be patient. You need to be lovely. You need to be caring. You need to be compassionate. You need all that to be a good caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I will never forget is Doreen. Doreen is a very nice woman. I work with her last year, she had an accident and she was recovering from that accident. So when I started working with her she was bedbound and she couldn't move. She couldn't do anything by herself. So I needed to help her by doing anything, her bath, assisted her with everything, everything. The most beautiful thing is to see her recovering little by little. It wasn't fast, but, yeah, I had to be patient. I saw her recovering little by little every day, week by week and after six months, she was doing many things by herself. She was recovering more than 80% from her accident. She was able to dress herself, to eat herself, to wash herself, even though her balance was not that well. But she was very, very, very, very strong. She became very, very stronger and I was so happy to be part of that recovery. I was happy to know that I helped her to get better.