Hi, my name is Shameika. I live in Las Vegas, NV and I have been a caregiver for over 20 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my sister was born with a debilitating disease. I took care of her. I have taken care of mostly everyone in my family and friends that have gotten sick. I just believe that it is my calling.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, always make sure that the client is happy and comfortable, be understanding, and always remember if you're in a setting that is their home, make sure that you let them be as independent as possible.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Allan. He was very set in his ways. He was new to Las Vegas. He was older. Very uncomfortable with having someone in his home. So we would sit up and talk about things that made him happy. He would tell me about Chicago. I would let him know that I've always wanted to go there.