Hi, my name is Rose. I live in Krum, TX and I have been a caregiver for 12 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because when I was seven years old I started taking on the responsibilities of caring for my younger siblings. I grew up in a large family and it was only natural for me to want to help out. As I got older, I took on babysitting jobs using my empathy skills and intuition to look for the needs of others so I can help. This developed a passion and I have chosen jobs to help others ever since.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to listen to the needs of the client, whether they are nonverbal or verbal. When you tend to the needs of the client based on what they are looking and asking for, it becomes easier to build a relationship and to have a successful job as a caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Christy. She had cerebral palsy and was around 65 years old. She had a strength and a determination in her that she used to communicate with others. Although she had a difficult time speaking, she had this light in her eye that let you know you were doing a good job or if you could be doing better. I learned a lot from Christy just by being able to communicate nonverbally.