Hi, my name is LaTesha. I live in Philadelphia, PA and I have been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I feel like we should give back to the elderly population. I think it is our duty to thank them for taking care of us, and raising us, and teaching us. And so that drove me to become a caregiver. But once something happened with a family member of mine that also just basically confirmed the reason why I became a caregiver and to tell me to keep going and keep pushing forward and being the best caregiver I can be, to take care of all those who are in need.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient. You have to understand that everyone is not going to have the same ideal situation that you've already pictured in your mind. So, you have to go into every situation as if it's your first time. You have to take your time and you just have to do it from your heart. If it's not coming from your heart, then you should explore something else, a different occupation, because this is all about patients and being caring. So I would just tell them to be as kind as possible, be as patient as possible, and understand that, whether or not you're getting the reciprocation that you want, you still have to do it because it's coming from the heart.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is when I initially became a caregiver and I worked on a different floor from the one I was used to. And so, there was this little older lady that I was taking care of and she confided in me, and she cried to me about one of the other caregivers who was not as nice and who was a little bit rude to her. And she had requested that I take care of her instead. So, I sat with her, and I calmed her down, and I also told my supervisor the situation. And they decided that it would be best if I, from then on out, took care of her.