Hello, my name is Kimberly. I live in Houston, TX and I have been a caregiver for approximately six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I actually had to help take care of my grandparents when they were sick after traveling and I actually liked it a lot. I'm also a personal trainer and I interact with different elderly patients and clients to help them get stronger, So being a caregiver in a sense of it preventing any injuries and also helping my grandparents when they were ill has made me have a passion to continue helping people. I just love to make a difference every day when I can, whether it be opening a door, having a conversation, making a joke, helping them smile, play a game, anything, really. It just helps to brighten my day and I like to know that I helped people have something to remember.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have an open mind, to make sure to always be patient and listen to what the needs of the client are. Additionally, if any situation arises where they're not sure how to handle it, I think that they should always seek help from fellow caregivers. It's a give-and-take process, it's really about communication and building stronger relationships.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget would be an elderly female woman whom I'll call Mrs. A. She was very happy to have conversations with me regarding her family and those conversations helped to remind me of my own grandmother, so it was a very good bonding experience. She was very grateful for my presence and time spent with her. I assisted her with her laundry and grocery shopping. She told me that she didn't have a granddaughter but if she did, she felt that she would be like me, very kind, compassionate, sympathetic and overall a very happy person.