Hi, my name is Rosalba, but everybody calls me Rosie. I live in Cedar Park, TX and I have been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because growing up my brother was handicapped, and so I learned to take care of him, and to watch over him, and to have compassion and concern, and be involved in his care, and then also, I was raised to be very concerned for society needs, and to volunteer, and to give back.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be aware of all the vital signs. If you don't know how to do that, learn how to do that. It's one of our biggest goals, and to definitely ask questions, not be afraid to ask questions. If there is a doubt or anything like that to go ahead and ask, and also, to just be very aware and observant of the individual, not just physically, but emotionally what those needs might be.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is Martha, and this is the funny heartwarming thing. I missed that somehow, but anyways, she was just in the Alzheimer's unit long-term care facility. She was one of six people that I was responsible for during my shift, and one of the things I'll never forget is how she would invite me to sit next to her, just to sit next to her, just to share emotional warmth, and to be near her.