Hi, my name is Hadijah. I live in Northlake, IL and and I have four years of experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandmother was sick and she needed help, and I offered to help give the services to her. And when she passed away, I got the experience, and I have the love to proceed with my caregiving activities, to give it to the rest of the seniors in this country.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, always to be on time, avoid neglect, give our elders respect because they deserve it, a good sense of direction, and help they need.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Mary. We loved going out shopping. Sometimes, we would stay home and play bingo. I used to help her with ADLs. We would do some cooking, would watch movies. We did things according to whatever her preferences were. We would do a lot of tasks. We would play Kings in the Corner or solitaire. We would do laundry together. So, we would do most of the activities together, which really was important to the client to help her be able to do some kind of work. And that helped her bring back her independence.