Hi! I'm Maria. I've been a caregiver for seven years, and I am from Round Rock, TX.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because when I was younger, I was 9-years-old when my mom passed away. I did little things for her like taking her water, and bringing her food, and things that she needed. And when I was younger, I just always wanted to volunteer or do anything like that to help anyone who is unable to do for themselves. Elderly, disabled, just anyone that isn't able to do for their self, and I really enjoy it. It brings me a lot of happiness. And just to know that you're doing for someone in their time of need and comforting them when they don't have family around or friends around that they have work or something, they can't be there, and they really need someone around to make them happy and bring a smile to their face. That brings me joy that I can do that for someone, and that's why I like to be a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to make sure you're doing everything with a glove and always sanitize their hands. If you're not feeling well, you have a cough or a fever, just call in. Be kind, because you never know when someone needs to be comforted. Also, if someone isn't wanting to take their medicine or isn't wanting to eat or something, I would say the trick, I just say, "Okay" and then walk off and do something for a few minutes. Come back and reinforce it and do it in a kind way, and that trick usually works.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Edna. A memory I will never forget with Edna is in maybe in the last week of her-- before she passed, I did her hair and her makeup and I remember how much joy it brought her. I mean, she wasn't having a good day. She wasn't feeling good and I said, "You know what? We're going do your hair today. We're going to do your hair and your makeup," and she says, "okay." And I curled her hair and I put a little bit of blush on and some lipstick. And immediately after I did that, she was just perked up and happy. And I brought a mirror over so she could see herself and she really enjoyed it. And just seeing her happy like that, that I could bring her that much joy with something so small, that really made my day and it's something I'll never forget.