Hi, my name is Shalaska. I live in Houston, TX. And I have been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I watched my grandmother suffer with cancer for years. And that taught me how to be patient, and understanding, and more caring, and more loving. And I learned a lot, learned a whole lot. I got a lot of experience, all the helping and just being there when no one else was able to be there. That's my reason for becoming a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be patience first and foremost. Understanding, being able to talk to the one that you're caring for. Laugh with the one that you're caring for. Nurture the one that you're caring for because they need all that. That's what they're looking for. They're alone and afraid. And that's what we as caregivers are there for, to help make them comfortable as much as possible.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget, her name was Miss Birdie. She was a sweet lady, beautiful spirit, always joking around, saying something funny when she was going through a lot of pain. We talked. We laughed about everything. She asked me about my kids. I would ask her about her kids. That she needed me to do whatever for her, I didn't have a problem doing it. I'll never forget her because she taught me a lot, a lot of wisdom. She gave me a lot of wisdom. She answered a lot of questions that I really never had anyone to ask. She was there for me just like I was there for her. I don't have a funny story that I can share, but at the end of it, we were friends. And I'm going to miss her