Hi, my name is Esther. I live in Tolleson, AZ and I've been doing caregiving for 12 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver after my grandma had a stroke, and after that, I just had a passion to continue caring for people who need me more, caring for disability, caring for people with day-to-day need, caring for anyone that I know that I can be of help. I just had a passion to be a caring person, and actually, this is my career for life and I love what I do.
What advice would you give a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be love what you do, be passionate, be ethical, be respectful, confidentiality, be punctual, be a good listener, and you will be a good caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Jack. Jack is 75 years old man. He lives 21 miles away from me. Jack broke his ankle and had to be taken to the hospital. He has two cats at home that needed to be fed twice a day. I did that every day until after a week and a half. I had a picture in Jack's mail to the hospital as well from his mailbox every day, once a day. Jack is very loving and he never stop appreciating that. He's a very appreciative fighter. I took care of the cats. Jack is almost like a family person now, to me. I'm very passionate. I'm very satisfy, because I was able to offer my help. I was able to take care of his cats while he was away. I was able to be seen as a family, not just a caregiver, and I'm very, very thankful that I was able to be of help. I am blessed to have served in that capacity. I am so grateful, and I think this is what the job is about.