Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi. My name is Mary. I live at Newark, and I have been a caregiver for 18 years. I became a caregiver because I love working with elderly people, having had the experience at an early age when I did so at home for my grandparents In my career as a caregiver I have worked with people who have had diabetes, Alzheimer's, and dementia. And not only that but other cases as well such as stroke patients, and Parkinson's, and others as well.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Of all the people I have cared for, this particular person comes to mind because the first day I went in to care for her and she gave me my marching orders, out the door. So, I had to call the son who said to meet him back in three hours until we get to know each other. And not only that, but during the care the doctor diagnosed her to having only three weeks to a month left. And I cared for her the best I could, I did for her. And she survived it. And we went past hospice, after six months we graduated. And then, until such a time, she was taken to a home-care and I continued to visit her every chance I got after that.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
One piece of advice for a new caregiver would be to get yourself really in there, into the rhythm, and know the person that you are really taking care of. Break the ice, really, and you'll be on your way.
My proudest moment as a caregiver are, for instance, if I'm taking care of a person who has diabetes and, after monitoring and control through diet, that she or he has actually maintained a stable diabetes record. And for instance, also, the client who chased me out when she was being diagnosed for about three to a month left for her lives, is when we graduated from hospice care after six months.