Hello, my name is Keundra. I live in Columbus, GA and I have been a caregiver for a little over a year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I started off caring for my grandmother before she passed. And then I applied for a different position doing caregiving in my city and I was able to land a caregiver position with another home care agency, and I have been doing it ever since. And I also worked with elderly people in the community because I'm also a case worker.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience. Sometimes the job can get frustrating, but it is well worth it in the end. So, patience can go a very, very long way in this business because you have to remember everyone has to grow old eventually. And we've never been old before. So, you have to just have patience with the client sometimes. And half the time, they don't mean any harm. They don't know what they're doing. So patience goes a very, very, very long way in this business.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Grandma Graham. She wanted us to call her Grandma Graham. She didn't want us to call her by her last name or call her Mrs. anything. She wanted us to really call her Grandma, Grandma Graham. And I will never forget her. I really, really enjoyed the time that I spent with her. She was 97 years old. She always kept me on my toes and she always kept me laughing. Of course, she had her good days and her bad days, because she had dementia. She suffered from dementia. But other than that, I loved her to death. She was a really, really, really nice older woman.