My name is Chris Massey. I'm from Arlington Heights, IL. I have been a caregiver for over six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I equip my knowledge by traveling the world and with my flair for high-class cuisine and I'm compassionate about other people's life and especially the older folks who at one time might be captains of the industry with vast experience which helped me to become a better person and know about them. And besides that, my wife was a caregiver and I watched her perform the caregiving duties and because of that, I became interested in it. And since I'm a very compassionate person, it helped me to really become a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is always try to take into consideration of your clients' or your patients' interests, what he or she likes, what interests them. And in some cases, like a dementia patient, you don't force them to do things. Give them a choice of one, a maximum of two, not more than that. And if they are not interested or they don't comply or they don't want to do things, just walk away and come back and reintroduce the stuff you want them to do. And plus, be very very interested in what they are. They want to talk about the family, they want to talk about their past lives, be very interested in that and you will get along with them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is very interested in the way I cook things, the way I do things, even though he cannot respond. But he was very interested in what I do and I was very interested in his past life. So we got along very well and he was very very appreciative of what I do with things and he was carefully listening to my life story and I was very careful in listening to his life story. So we got along very well. He told me all his life, how he went through all this past happiness and traumas and he took me all along with everywhere he went. He just didn't want to depart with me. And eventually, he passed away, so I miss him.