Hi, my name is Catherine. I go by Cathy. I live in Round Rock, TX and I have 11 years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a heart to care for people, I'm compassionate, I love people and I love to be there for people. I actually started at the age 15 when I knew an elderly lady that always needed help and she didn't have anyone there for her and so I decided to be there for her, I cooked, cleaned, assisted her in bathing, we caught the bus together, we did different activities together and I, later on, did that in life outside of home healthcare companies.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient, considerate and to show them that no matter what, they're the most important person in the world, that you would be there for them, that you are trustworthy, reliable and dependable. That no matter what they go through, you understand and you will be there for them and to make sure that they're secure in being with you, that they would love to laugh because laughing is very important. They would feel comfortable with you and just to let them know that you care.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget would be my father-in-law, Orange and I say this because we only had conversations over the telephone for about a year-and-a-half. Then I went to meet him and we fell in love with each other. We enjoyed each other's company. He taught me how to bake and he was very patient with me in learning how to bake. He explained things to me carefully how he wanted things done, we had joyous car rides, we went shopping and he showed me that shopping was important to him. He showed me that he loved the best things, yet the simple things, in life. He told me to always remember to laugh, to smile and once he got comfortable with me he allowed me to give him hugs because he wasn't the huggy type person. Once he became really, really ill, especially with dementia, he couldn't remember anybody but me. He remembered my name. Everybody was Cathy and he really touched my heart. It was hard for me when he passed but he taught me how to be strong in the midst of adversity. But most important, to laugh.