Hi, my name is Joycelyn. I live in Winter Park, FL. I've been a caregiver for 25 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mother was the head nurse in a nursing home and I started going there when I was 12 years old as a volunteer. I worked in several nursing homes and from there, I decided to become a caregiver because I find it to be very rewarding.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be always listen to the person that you're caring for. They know how they feel and they know their own bodies. Also, never talk about the person you're caring for in front of them to other people. They hear what you're saying and sometimes it is very upsetting to them. There are many tips that I could give, but those are two of the most important.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Edith. She had Alzheimer's. She was a dear sweet woman. Her son-in-law was a gynecologist and she would always want to call his office. So, we would then have her dial numbers of people that we knew and pretend that it was the doctor's office. And she would talk to them and she would forget right away. But, she always kept me entertained. She was just such a sweet thing.