Hi. My name is Maria Varela. I live in Donna, TX and I have 4 years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver when I had to take care of my spouse. He had conductive heart failure and that was in 2007. And ever since, I have been working as a caregiver or home provider.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to familiarize yourself with the client, what they like, what they don't like, give them a lot of privacy, make sure that they feel comfortable with you, that they feel that you're there for them, that you listen to them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget will be Mr. Bill. He knew a lot of country music singers. So every day that I would go to him, I would just hear lots of stories about how he went out to drink with them, and he had pictures with these movie stars. And it was just very nice to hear all that and to be part of his memories.