Hi, my name is Esther and I live in Houston, TX. I've been a healthcare provider for one year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love to take care of people. I love to take care of the elderly. My sister and my mom are nurses. My mom was a nurse in her country of origin, Honduras. So, they both know about healthcare. And I do care about the elderly. I am a Seventh-day Adventist as well. I go to church and I know the principles, how to be honest and respectful to others. And that's my priority, to put others first before me. To take care of them with respect all the time. Treat them with love, like how you would like to be treated. And that's why I am a healthcare provider. That's why I became a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be respectful at all times. To respect and look for ways how to become a better caregiver, provide the needs of your patients. For example, if your patients are unable to do their own activities, you have to help them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Mrs. Herring. She's still alive, but I took care of her when she became disable and very ill. She couldn't move, and I had to help her, clean her. When she used the bathroom, I had to clean her, I had to sanitized her, it's a standard procedure; for both of us. But, as the days went on, she got better and she improved.