Hi, my name is Christy. I live in Waller, TX. And I have been a caregiver for five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my father-in-law had Alzheimer's and I was the only one in the family that was able to care for him. I assisted the hospice nurses, and I cared for him for five years. And that's where my experience came from, was learning every day of how to take care of him properly.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience. Understanding of their personal situation whether it be Alzheimer's, diabetes, or just getting to the age where they're not able to take care of themselves. Always be positive, happy. Give them a good environment to thrive and to do their daily activities with assistance. To always be aware of their medications. To always be aware of their allergies. And just to get to know them personally so that you can give them the best care possible on a personal level and on a one-to-one basis.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my father in-law. He had Alzheimer's in 2009, and his memory slowly went. I had to learn to adjust when he would say, "I don't know who you are." Or he would get very angry and combative. I would have to learn to calmly talk to him and just kind of go along with where he felt he was at. If he felt that he was at an old house in the 1950s, then we were at an old house in the 1950s. You kind of have to learn to adjust to their way of thinking and keep them calm. And there were times where he thought I was his wife.