Hi, my name is Tammy, I live in Fort Worth, TX, and I've been a caregiver for over 10 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of family members. My father passed away from cancer. I took care of him while he was ill. I had a brother-in-law who was hit by a drunk driver and lost a leg. I had a husband that passed away that had diabetes and a kidney transplant.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be patience. Do not talk to them like they are children. And compassion and companionship is very, very important.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My most memorable client was Anita. She was an elderly with Alzheimer's, and she kept wanting to find her mother, even though her mother had passed years before. And the family would get frustrated because she kept wanting to load up the car and go move back to her mother's house. And so one day, since I knew the neighborhood well, I told her, "Okay, let's load up just a few things," which was a few pictures that she put in the vehicle, and we drove around the neighborhood to find her mother. And once she was satisfied that she could not find her mother, we went back home, and she was much better. Sometimes, you just have to go with the flow, and you have to do what makes them happy and what keeps them at ease. And I loved that woman, and I miss her very much