Hi, my name is Nia. I live in Fort Worth, TX and I've been a caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because when I was younger, my mom started making me take care of my aunt who was 86 at the time, and she started to get the symptoms of dementia. So, every day I would go over, dress her and I would give her a shower, help her bathe, help her remember to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, feed her and I would just show to her all day and keep her entertained. Do her nails, do her hair and my mom pretty much introduced me to being a caregiver, and I did that for two and a half years with her, and then I went to my first facility when I got to Texas, and I'm currently at my second one.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, be as patient as you possibly can be, because you don't want to feel like you are rushing them. You don't want them to feel like they don't have a decision or a place. When you ask them a question, you don't want to make them feel like you're going to make the decision for them, and they don't have their own mind. Just be as patient and kind as you can be to your resident because they're still human beings. Just because somebody put them in a home doesn't mean they are trapped and don't have a say in anything.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget her name was Marie. She wasn't the nicest lady to everybody, but me and her had a strong bond. It was crazy because I didn't think anybody could get a strong bond with her just for the simple fact that she didn't like everybody. But she was nice to me. She would try to be rude at times, but I'm just like, "Marie, we are nice here."