How did you get into caregiving?
So what inspired me to be a caregiver was taking care of my grandmas later on during their lives. Before that, I was a babysitter. I did that for about two years and then moved on to do some personal assisting. But I really made more of a connection with the older people because I can reiterate and talk to them in a more level way than I could with kids.
What piece of advice would you give a new caregiver?
A piece of advice for a caregiver would be patience, and that's actually key. Especially when it comes to dealing with older people, because they are very stuck with their ways because their personalities already set. So it's just more so working with them to help them work with you. And just making it much more easier to at least build a bond, first of all, and to make sure that they're meeting to their needs too. Making sure that you draw a line because sometimes they'll continue doing something that's not good for them, but you've got to remind them that, "Hey, you want to try to make sure that you stay here as long as possible."
What are you strengths as a caregiver?
I think what makes me a good caregiver is that I'm a pretty accessible person. I am approachable, and I am able to just make conversation with people pretty easily. So trying to make a connection - at least on my end - is really easy. Some people, it takes time and that's fine. You're not everyone's cup of tea at first, but eventually, they'll learn to actually appreciate you and understand that as long as you do a good job, there'd be no reason to hold any sort of animosity.