Hi, my name is Gail. And I live in West Hartford, CT. And I've had four years of hands-on experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I once had a disabling personal experience and depended on the service of others. It had quite an emotional and spiritual impact on me. And it made me pursue going to get an advanced education. And I got my masters and specialized in the elderly and aging process.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be give them respect at all times. And don't take away their power, but empower them to do what they can for themselves with assistance. Give them respect for their life experience and empathy for where they are now. Not pity, empathy, enabling them to have their own control.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is one retired ambassador of the US. And he was in the late stage Alzheimer's. And he had various moods, attitudes, and behavior which was unexpected. At one point, I was a compatriot to him ready to look and find where he could escape. Another time, he was very paranoid about me, and I was an enemy who was infiltrating his home.