Hi, my name is Creshe. I have been a caregiver for two years and I live in Missouri City, TX.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because one day, I was working at this nurse home as a cook. And we feed these patients, we talk to them, and we just have so much of a connection with them. And I was just like caring for people is something that I really love to do. So I was like, instead of cooking, why don't I care for you since I already am feeding you already and I'm helping you with your daily activities and stuff.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a caregiver would be, your heart has to be in the work. If your heart's not in it, if you don't want to help people when those people can't do for themselves, then don't do it because the real love comes within. And if it's something you really love to do, then you're going to love coming to work every day. You're going to love doing what you do every day. You're going to love talking to these people and helping these people. And you're not going to do anything that's going to harm them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is this sweet little old lady that's from Houston. What really inspires me about her was because she has autism. She forgets basically. Every time I see her, some days, you'll notice she's having a good day. Some days you'll notice she's having a bad day. And the day you know she's having a bad day, she'll just stare at you and I'm just like, "Are you okay? Are you okay?" But every time she's not having a good day, you give her a snack, some yogurt, some applesauce, or anything, she would just snap back into reality. And she's just like, "Hey! How you doing?" And she's just so nice and sweet and she just loves to tell you about her day and her family.