Hi, my name is Denice. I live in Dallas, TX. I have been a caregiver for 15 plus years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was in high school and that was the closest job to where I lived was at a nursing home and my mother had been employed there and my grandmother had been employed there. It was a family job. But later, after working there, after school, I found that working with the elderly was my passion.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to stop and take time to listen to what your patient has to say or what they are trying to say. Not all of the time, they are are coherent enough or understand and can verbalize their needs or wants and we have to just stop and listen to them. Sometimes give them a smile because that's all they need. Just wait on them. We work for them, They don't work for us. If you have patience, you can be an awesome caregiver. That is the number one thing, patience.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Ms. June. She had Alzheimer's and she was a dancer in her younger years. After I would pass my medication and do my charting, I would always take time to just put a little makeup on her and I walked her to a mirror one day, let her look in the mirror and when she looked at her face, the expression on her face, she lit up, she began to twirl around and she started singing. Her husband would come every day to visit her and he cried because he seen youth or life come back to her just by me putting some makeup on her and taking her to a mirror and she could remember just that much of her past.