Hi! My name is Rose. I live in Katy, TX, and I have three years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I used to take care of my grandmother back when I was living in Kenya, Africa. And then we moved to America, so I wasn't taking care of her anymore, but I still yearned to take care of somebody because the time that we spent together, I really enjoyed, and I really enjoyed helping her be able to live her life whether it was helping her walk or cook. So I already knew that in my career, once I start my career, I wanted to do something where I help people, so I could feel the same joy I felt when I helped my grandmother. My mom is a nurse, and so she's also a caretaker. So, I would see what she does in her job, and it also inspired me to be a caretaker as well as volunteering. I started volunteering at a very young age, and that's when I knew that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver, is to treat your client as if it's a family member. The same way how you would treat your mother if they were old or even if they're not old, or the same way you would treat your brother, grandmother. Just treat them with the same respect and give them the same love that you would give if it was your family member. And also, know that you're doing this out of the kindness of your heart because this is what you feel that you want to do, not because it has a great pay or great benefits, but you truly want to do that.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget was an elderly lady. She was 90-something years old, and this was a relative, so it was a family member. When I was taking care of her, it reminded me so much of my grandmother and how much I missed her. It reminded me how much I missed her because I haven't seen my grandmother in over 15 years or something. So I will never forget the way she treated me as if I was her granddaughter, and I treated her as if she was my grandmother. And I felt so much love coming from her, and I took care of her with my greatest ability. I treated her like family, like direct family. She treated me like direct family. And I will never forget how good it felt to take care of her and help her to be able to live her life the way that she should be able to live simply by me helping her.