Hi, my name is Charmaine and I live in Miami, FL. I've been a caregiver for 15 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver due to caring for my loved ones, my mom and grandma. They had cancer and I dealt with dementia and other series of health issues, so that's what draw me to becoming a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to put safety first and be very compassionate.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my favorite client, Suzie. Suzie was battling dementia and it was really challenging. She was combative. There was a series of issues and-- I mean difficult issues, but we overcame it and became good friends. I made Suzie laugh every day that most people couldn't do, and her family was pleased with that.