Hi, my name Melda. I Royse City, TX and I have been a caregiver for four years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, in 2002, my father had a massive stroke which left him paralyzed completely on his right side requiring 24/7 care. I took care of him from 2002 until 2006 when he passed. At that time, I went into the home health field and was in the office providing care for patients at home.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, first and foremost, be patient. That you establish a rapport with your client. Every client is individual and has their special need. I also advise that you do your research on your client as far as what their medical issue is so that you can provide good care and keep up with your continued education credits as required. It helps keep you up-to-date.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget, her name is Miss Jo and I've been seeing her for two years now. She's 90 years old and she is just adorable. When I hit the door and ring the doorbell, she arrives with her walker with the biggest smile on her face, and she's as smart as a whip but is experiencing physical limitations with ambulation and things of that nature due to her age and some physical disabilities. The thing about Miss Jo is that it's not just helping her with her bath and little errands and chores that she can't do.