Hi. My name is Patricia, and I've been a caregiver for 8 years, and I live in Sugar Land, TX.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was a dental hygienist and there was a wonderful woman that got a brain tumor, so I decided that I would do house calls and clean patients' teeth. And there was another lady in a wheelchair, and we pushed her to the kitchen, and I cleaned her teeth. And I enjoyed all those experiences so much that I realized that I do need to help people, and I love taking care of people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be very 100% in tune to the client's needs, and wants. Listen to them, and try to make their life very joyful. And unconditional paid attention to caring and seriously loving because you have to be passionate about this kind of job. And I'm very passionate. And so I would tell the new caregiver to just generally envelope yourself 110%.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a woman named Sherry. She said she had a condition out of the box. And, basically, she had many conditions, but she was bit by a tick and got Lyme Disease, and it went to her brain, and she was very depressed. I had to hide keys so she wouldn't kill herself. But I turned it all around and tried to make her life so much more pleasurable. And we played that song from the Beach Boys, Sherry, and then we made a dance even though she could hardly move around. We made a dance for that song, and we were laughing and joyous. And I felt like she was like a child again and just needed this kind of attention. And be real and listen to all her stories.