Hi! My name is Erica. I currently live in Bryan, Texas. I have about eight years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of a loved one. My great grandmother and great grandfather both became sick. And at a young age, I had to care for them. And so when I got older, I realize that I was pretty good at caring for the elderly.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient. The elderly with dementia and Alzheimer's disease tend to revert back to child-like behavior, therefore, you have to be very, very patient with them because they don't realize what they're doing half the time, they don't even know what time of year it is, they don't realize what age they are. I mean, it's just a whole bunch whenever you're dealing with Alzheimer's and dementia patients.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget is the client that I'm currently sitting with. I hate to leave her. She has become like family. I get her gifts every holiday, like today is Valentine's Day. I got her a gift today. Miss Mary is so sweet. She is the nicest person I have ever sat with. She probably is the nicest person I have ever dealt with in life. She calls me beautiful lady. She is just generally a nice person. It seems like she knows when I'm still in bed because that's when she tries to comfort me even more, and vice-versa. Whenever she's still in bed, I know it. I know a lot more than probably I should know about her as far as her medical phase and stuff. But Miss Mary, the lady that I currently sitting with right now, will be my most memorable because she is a blessing to me and vice-versa.