Hi, my name is Samantha. I live in West Haven, CT and I've been a caregiver for 12 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love helping people. I also watched my mom. She was a caregiver, so I watched her as she took care of my grandpa while he was lying in his dying bed. So, that inspired me, that helping people is great, is rewarding, and that's just something that took my attention.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, be compassionate, be caring, be thoughtful. Just treat the person as you want to be treated, someone to treat you, or a family member, or someone that you love. And one thing you don't do is you don't argue back with the client. You just be patient, and you just do the best that you can do as caring for someone else's loved one. And that's really all. It's just, treat your people how you want to be treated.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Brian. He was someone that had autism and other disorders that I won't say. But he was my most difficult client I ever had. I worked for him for about three years. He had a lot of behavior issues. So throughout the time, we became friends, and he kind of understood, what I mean is what I mean. Then I started giving him space, also the things he liked to do. Overall, we became closer, and he became easier to deal with. But he was my person that was so hard for me to deal with as a caregiver.