Hi! This is Sherrie. I live in Arlington, TX. I have 10 years of experience being a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I've always liked to work with geriatrics. And this is the field that I just enjoy doing as being able to give them the dignity to be able to do the abilities that they cannot do as much as they used to. So I'm there to be able to help them to be able to regain a little bit of that. So it makes me feel good to know that I do that for them.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to give to a new caregiver would be, getting into this kind of field working with elderly, in general, or disabled, it's not an easy field. And you have to have the passion to be able to do this kind of work, very high-demanding and very hard labor. And like I said, truly, it has to be more of a passion knowing what you really want to do. And, if you have a passion to do in the medical field and working hard labor, then that would be it. But most people don't realize how demanding the job requires. So, I just think that try it out if it's not for you. But I just think that before you do, know what you're getting yourself into.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is an elderly lady I took care of. She had early stages of Alzheimer's. And during the time that I took care of her, she declined. And come to find out that she had Parkinson's that progressed pretty rapid. But, knowing that I can be able to give her that security to be there for her when she didn't have family and one loved ones by her, to know that I could way that for her to make her feel comfortable, and to go in peace, and to see her smile that I could put on her face through the pain that she would be going through, and being able to make it memorable. I think that was the most impressive thing that I have experienced with working with a client. And she was very dear to me. But she's in a better place now.