Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Rachel. I live in Walnut Park, and I've been a caregiver for more than 20 years. I became a caregiver more than 20 years ago when I was taking care of my parents. When they fell sick, I took care of them, and when I came to this country more than 17 years ago, I continued my desires to continue this walk because it give me a lot of joy to take care, to give help to those who most need it.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My favorite client is this 89 year old lady who had broken her hand, and so she couldn't stay with a caregiver for a day or two, but when I joined her, she gained the confidence with me. At first, she wouldn't work with me but after that, she gained confidence. I was able to help her because she realized that I was compassionate, kind and hands on, and even when she raised her voice, I just calmed her down and just waited for her to regain herself. So she realized that there was something in me that she was happy about, and that's why I was able to stay with her for about two years.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment is, there was one time I was driving my client from a doctor's appointment and she became very erratic and she started talking and arguing and I realized she started opening the door so that she can jump out and fall out and die, and then what I did, I put my right hand around her, and I had to drive the car with one hand all the way to her house for about three miles. I'm a very slow driver and careful driver, and so we drove home safely, and after that she was very, very thankful that I did not react and I did what I did.
What are your stengths as a caregiver?
People tell me that I'm a good caregiver because I am compassionate, I am kind and hands on, and they also realize that I know what I am doing when they tell me to do something and I take initiative when it comes to helping them. I know ahead of time. I look around and see when they will need. I anticipate their needs, and so I'm able to help at the right time.