My name is Precious. I live in Missouri City, TX, and I've been a caregiver for 5 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I really care about people. I've been doing this [?]where I come from, from Nigeria. There I work in the hospital assistant nurses, take off. I developed a very strong. Unfortunately, I was not able to care for my own mother when she got sick that lead to her death because I was here in the United States. When I got the details of how she went through the sickness and how things went wrong due to lack of compassionate care, my heart was broken. At this point, I decided to be a professional, compassionate, and honest caregiver for life. Because I see this as the care I should have given my mother when she was sick, so I put my very best in it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to be who you are. Try to be nice to people, your motivation should be to make a positive influence in people's life. Be grateful, show compassionate care, be positive, and be nice to people. Work as a team, do your job very well, salvation will come. Look to God to provide for you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
I was giving the client a shower. Halfway through the shower, I noticed an unusual thing in the client's sitting posture. She seemed to be bending over towards her right side. I tried to correct her posture and by calling on her, but the response was slower than normal. Immediately, I called the daughter. I reported what I saw. The daughter was hesitant in coming over, but I told her to call 911 immediately to avoid something more serious happening before intervention. So she saw my point and called 911, while I quickly cleaned the client and dress her up ready for the paramedics to come. The emergency response was in there in five minutes and they rush her to the hospital. I later found out that she would have suffered a major stroke if I did not respond as promptly as I did.