Hi, my name is Shirley. I live in Albany, GA and I've been a caregiver for 20 plus years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I had to take care of my grandmother after she broke her hip. And it was just something I loved to do, and I found enjoyment in it, and I just continued on doing it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience and empathy.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget would be Jose. I took care of him for maybe 10 plus years. We did everything together. I was kind of like his best friend because I was there all the time, we had lots of fun, I would take him on doctor's appointments, and things like that. And I was there when he was diagnosed with liver failure, and I was there with him when they told him that he only had a short period of time to live, and I was also there for him and his family when he took his last breath.