Hello! My name is Destiny. I live in Baytown, Texas and I have three years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandmother became very sick and we weren't really able to provide the necessary time that she needed, so what I did was I quit my job and I became a full-time, basically a helper for her. And then after she passed away, that inspired me to help other elderly people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to stay patient. Most elderly clients, they can't hear, they don't walk fast, they have a hard time doing things that younger people would do. So I would say stay patient and don't get frustrated because they might fuss at you or they think you're doing anything wrong, so I would say, just stay patient with them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget would be my first client. When I first started off in the home-help field, I started off with clients who had dementia and also Alzheimer's. So what she did was she flipped out when she seen that everything was changing and they were hiring new people to the company, so it took her a while to adjust to me. So she was pulling my hair, scratched me in the shower, she does everything just to try to get under my skin. But after a while, she got warmed up to me and she's actually very sweet. So even though they seem harmful, they don't mean harm. At the end of the day, they're all sweet.