Hi, my name is Krista. I live in Dallas, Texas, and I have five years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my first person that I ever cared for was my grandfather, and it showed me that I do have passion to help, more so with seniors, and after he passed, I made it my passion to help seniors and to target seniors with different disabilities, and memory loss diseases, and to just give them their life back. I love to see the smile on seniors faces, especially if their non-verbal, or if they have no family. To just be a friend and be able to help is just gratifying to me.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to always stay confident, and to do what you love, and to never give up. Even when you feel unappreciated or you feel like your services are not valued, just know that you're still benefiting, and don't look-- don't get into the business for self-gratification, that it's always best to be selfless, because you're helping someone at the end of the day, and you should feel gratified by knowing that you helped someone when they couldn't help themselves.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget was a man who was non-verbal, and he was dealing with the illness of Alzheimer's. He, for years, never talked, he just enjoyed music, but the previous caregivers never catered to his personal needs, and when I became his caregiver, I remember asking the family what his passion was, what his love was, and I found out that he loved music, so I pulled up old time videos on YouTube, and for the time ever, he started humming and singing the lyrics of the song. From that day, it made me more passionate because with technology, it's like an icebreaker with certain diseases, and it helps so much, and just to see that someone that was non-verbal was actually able to verbalize his passion for this and the happiness, it was just amazing, and I love that.