How did you get into caregiving?
I wanted to be a caregiver since many years ago. I really wanted to enroll in a nursing program. I wanted to learn how to take care of elderly people, and I just stuck with it. I love it. I just realized I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of the more difficult clients that I had in the past was this female elderly that has Alzhiemer's. There are so many caregivers who had tried to get along with her. Just when I stepped up, and I tried to take care, I just found a way to get along with her and really give the care that she deserves. It take so much patience and diligence to handle this type of case. I really see the smile of the family, I'm really grateful, they are really grateful and it makes me happy they're happy too.
What have you learned from caregiving?
What I've learned taking care of aliztimers it that they can be combative at times, though they didn't mean to, it's in their nature that they can be agitative in some situations. For me I'm just a good listener, I just listen and try to slowly redirect them to talk about positive things rather than negative things. So I can handle this type of case and I'm really sincere about it.
What advice can you offer to a new caregiver?
I could tell to a new caregiver that you have to have a lot of patience and just be who you are. That you can give them the comfort they need. It's also that you who can make them happy. At the end of the day it feels so good that you made this elderly person have a great day. It takes diligence that you are part of their life, that they are not alone, and you are there for them.