Hi, my name is Marilly. I live in Fullerton, CA and I have been a caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I wanted to help my mom through a very difficult time, be present and be able to service her and that put a deep desire and passion inside of me to help other people and their families get through their difficult times. To serve, to listen and to help them in any way that I can and I would love to continue the opportunity to serve.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to listen to their patient with kindness, gentleness, love and patience. Oftentimes, we are trained by the book and things can be very stiff, so that often creates a disconnect between the patient and the caregiver but if we listen and we know what the patient needs by our listening to them, hearing them, understanding them, we are able to meet their needs and even exceed those. Make the patient as comfortable as possible in their house or wherever they may be, give them the quality of life that they deserve and the patients know what they need. As a new caregiver stepping in, the best thing to do is to have patience and to listen to the people that they are serving.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I would never forget is my first client, Miss Hazel. She is a very, very sweet woman and she suffered from hemiplegia, so she couldn't walk a lot. She needed help with even basic things as eating and using a bathroom but the connection I made with her was very personal and I looked up to her like my grandma. She would give me advice and she would comment on the things that I would wear, ask if it was cute or if it was her favorite color and we just had a very good connection that created an atmosphere of family. It wasn't stepping into work, 9:00 to 5:00, it was stepping into work and looking forward to work. Looking forward to serving her and looking forward to her art conversations, her dreams, what she learned, what she loved and what she passed down to me in her wisdom.