Hi, my name is Chanel. I live in Houston, TX and I've been caregiving now for about 15 plus years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was raised by my grandmother who took ill at about 70 something years old and I had a passion from taking care of her, I was raised by her. So caregiving became my priority in life, just inspiration on helping the elderly as I have worked with mental disabled children, adolescent and adult for about 10 years. Manager, group manager, even have a special needs child of my own, so that has been my passion, just helping other that cannot help themselves.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience and endurance. Have a lot of patience as well as treat them just as you would want somebody to treat you if you're in the condition to where you can't do for yourself. Love them, have a passion for what you do, don't be there just because it's a job and pay rating and be there because that's where your heart tells you where to be. Have the passion to love that person, care for that person as that was a family member or a loved one, be honest, be open with them and be there, too, as companionship because it's very important for you to be that companion for them because they rely on you. So have that person to trust in you and believe in you and put your all in your might into your job. Let that be where you know you're supposed to be. Don't be there just because, be there because this is what you do, this is what you love to do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget is Jonathan. He is autistic, nonverbal and he just has so much joy. He understood me regardless if he can respond back to me. I just would love to be around him and when I was having my bad days, he would make me laugh, just the little things that he would do. This client has a special place in my heart. I built a relationship with the parents. I built a relationship with the family and I built a relationship with him as well. He needed me and at that time, I needed him when I was going through some things that I was going through. But working for this client was one of my priorities that gave me life and I see that I gave him life.