How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because at an early age, my uncle died and it just made me want to pursue the medical field. And as a person in the medical field, I went towards a medical assistant. Then working with the medical assistant, I had to get experience, so I went to a facility which offered me experience in care-giving. Did a little bit of care-giving, and ever since then I love helping and caring for others, so that's what I would like to do.
What type of experience do you have?
As a medical assistant I'm qualified to do CPR, injections, mend your punctures, and taking residents to doctor's appointments, physical therapy appointments, running errands, grocery shopping, washing clothes, cleaning their house, walking dogs at parks, making sure my residence is well taken care of.
What are you strengths as a caregiver?
People tell me I'm a good caregiver because I'm reliable, I'm always on time. I'm caring for my clients, always want them to know that I'm here as a family member, as someone that they can count on. I'm determined to make sure that they're well taken care of, that they're well groomed, that they're well-- just happy in general. Everyone wants someone to be happy, so why not make them happy? That's my job, to make others happy.
Are there any tips you can share?
The piece of advice I have to new care-givers are to always welcome your clients: smiling, friendly faces, make them feel warm and welcome home, that you care for them, and that everything is going to be okay, that you want to take good quality care.