Hi, I am Hazel, and I live in Long Beach, CA. I have been a caregiver for over a year and I have had plentiful experience as a registered nurse in the Philipines for four years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love to care for people, especially when they are sick. I think it is very essential to show them love, care and assistance when they need it and it has always been in me because I am a nurse in profession and I promote health.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to provide care for the patient specifically. Every patient is different, so you have to know your patient. You have to be vigilant on significant changes in their health. You have to give care holistically, physically, emotionally or spiritually if they need it. So, basically, care is different from one person to another, so you have to care in a way that suits your patient.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Carol. She was the patient I spent most of the time with. I have lived with her for five days in a week. She had dementia and Parkinson's, but despite having memory problems, I know that she can feel and recognize me. She smiles at me. She's very appreciative for the care I'm giving to her. Although her health condition made it a little bit difficult to care for her, it made me care for her more and be more patient, especially during the meal times when she needs a lot of time. She needs to take her time in eating, chewing her food, so it would take us hours to finish our meal and it was great. It was a very cool feeling and it's really good. I feel really good to know that I was able to provide her needs.