Hi, my name is Karen. I live in Cedar Hill, TX and I've been a caregiver for 21 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have three children and my baby daughter, she was born with tumors on her brain. And so, by me being in the hospital with her constantly, I just took on an interest in loving kindness in my heart to care for people, and a special need for it.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be always be patient, kind, and understanding, because when a person is sick, they sometimes have a tendency not to think rationally. So you have to be the person that steps in to help them, and make them always have a better day, and feel safe, and feel loved, so that they can really feel that you care about them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My most memorable, that I can remember about my client, is that he had cancer and he was in so much pain. He asked me to sit with him during the night, because I was working at night, from 10:00 at night until 6:00 in the morning, and we got to talking about God, and he told me that he didn't know about anything God, and how could he get next to God? And we prayed, I prayed to him, because he wanted to know. And we prayed, and then he gave his life to Christ, and the next day he died. So that was a sad, but a joyful, experience for me.