Hi! My name is Monica. I live in Austin, TX. I've been a caregiver for, I want to say five plus years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver due to having experience of caring for my grandparents and seeing how they enjoyed my help, made me feel good to know that I was doing such a good deed. So I figured I'd get more into the industry of caregiving for other people. And just like, if I can put a smile on my grandparents' face for helping, I'd love putting smiles on other people's faces, knowing that I could be a good help with their daily living'
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to think of it as how you would want to be treated, and how you would want to get help in a kind and ordinary fashion such as being respected, being respected but yet still getting help with your daily living, and as much as you would like a good company and somebody to make you feel good every day. To be supportive. And it's good for you to think of it as what if you were in their shoes? How you would want to be treated and how you would want somebody to help you out with the best of their help.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget would be a 93-year-old woman that I cared for for two years. I was always on top of everything. I helped her with everything, such as dressing, grooming, breakfast, stuff like that, and medication. I did everything on point and on time to where she would cry when it was time for my shift to be over. She would just cry as well as that sometimes saying that without me she wouldn't know what to do. She wouldn't know how she would live as long as she did. And it kind of touched my heart to know that I was really appreciated by somebody who didn't really know me from a longshot but gave me a chance to build a relationship with her by working with her for so long. It almost made me feel like we were family. I was so, so close, she was so close to me. And I know that even though it was her time to go, she still left a mark on my heart.