Hi! My name is Natasha. I stay in Richardson, TX, and I've been a caregiver for seven years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I am a caring person, and I love taking care of others. I love seeing a smile on their face. I love doing for other people. I always just had a compassion for just helping other people out in the world.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, "Just be patient and take your time." Learning new people or new problems as far as like dementia and Alzheimer's, it can be a challenge at times. But if you take your time and get to know a patient, you'll be all right. Some patients are loving, caring, and some of them can be funny, and you can actually have a good time. And just not get too attached to every patient. It will be hard because you're taking care of them, but the key here is to make their lives as easy and happy as possible.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a lady I used to take care at a nursing home. And every time I would see her, she would say, "Hey, don't I know you from somewhere?" And I'd say, "Yeah, I think I know you from somewhere." And she'd say, "Where do I know you from?" And I'd say, "Right here." And we would laugh about it, and we would just have a good time every morning. And she used to put a smile on my face, and I used to put a smile on her face, and I felt good every day knowing that I made her smile.