Hi, my name is Mary. I live in the city of Los Angeles,CA. I have over two years experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a lot of interest in the healthcare industry. I am currently also a student in the nursing field in the college right now taking classes towards my nursing major. Caregiving is a calling. The way I understand it and the way I feel about it, I have had family members, relatives and friends that have needed help at one time or the other and I also found that being able to be of little help, no matter how small, goes a whole long way.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be professionalism. As a caregiver you must at every critical time and non-critical time show professionalism in your work because that could save someone's life. That could save your client from a simple slip that could hurt or a little accident that could really harm them. So when you practice professionalism, put in every skill, experience, to play and to work means you are carrying out your work efficiently and effectively and that is what you really need to do when caring for someone.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Beth. Beth is a woman of a certain age, not so young and she has issues with schizophrenia and bipolar. Now she has a very unhappy reaction to a new face, so when I first came she didn't even want to look at me. She only sees people as just workers and not friends and she actually wanted friends. So the first thing I tried to do was establish friendship. I made her understand that I am there to talk to her, to listen to her, to work with her as a friend. With time she gained a little trust as I did with her. We were able to communicate with each other better. She is also in a wheelchair so moving around is a bit of a struggle. But I was patient and professional and empathized with her and was ready to help her as much as possible. It was really a warm relationship at the end of the day because I follow her to watch her programs. We enjoyed them together because I show interest in what she does and I care about what she cares for. I enjoy listening to her. I like singing to her. Eventually she'd relax, calm down a whole lot, enough to confide in me sometimes some of the things that go on in her head and I empathize with her and together we were a great team and we worked well together.