How did you become a caregiver?
I became a caregiver because my mother pushed me to it. She was a nurse and had me volunteer and when she was older and got sick, I took care of her. As I was taking care of her, she used tell me what a great job I was doing, and that other people would benefit from the care that she was getting from me. Before she passed away we had the conversation that she thought I should pursue it. When she passed away I made that promise I kept that promise.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Of all the people I've cared for over the years Barbara comes to mind. Everybody that I have worked for has been very dear and close to me. She is definitely one that I think of often. I remember most her joy for her family, friends, life, and people in general. She was just a beautiful person inside and out. What I learned most from her is to follow your dreams, cherish your friends and family.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
If I can give one piece of advice to a new caregiver, is to go into it with your heart. Do it because you love what you do, you love people, you love the relationships that you will make.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
One of the moments I am most proud of as a caregiver. My client Barbara, I worked with her for 1 year and a half. She was a on a vent, she had feeding tubes. When it was time for her to say good bye to her family, I stayed with her to the very last moment. I held her hand until she passed.