Hi, my name is Yvonne. I've been a caregiver for about 20 years. And I live in Corpus Christi, TX.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver simply because I take pride in assisting clients with ambulation and mobility around and in the house, and outside, going to doctors appointments, walks, things of that nature, outings. I assist clients with personal care and hygiene. Helping clients remind them of prescribed medication, a medical appointment. I enjoy helping clients, especially those that need physical therapy, exercise, if and when they need it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be caring. Be compassionate. Most of all, be understanding. Have a lot of patience with them. Make sure they're clean, and fed, and safe at the end of the day before you leave. Do attend to all of their specific needs. I mean, as an elder, that's why we are there. That's what we do for them. We are there to take care for them. To care for them while they are in our hands. They are just like infants or young children in adults.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget was Becky. I met her in January. She's wheelchair bound. She was 43 years old. She was born without the ability to walk. I remember the first day that I met her. I was introduced to her, and I was going to be her homecare provider. And she was frantic and afraid. And she was just literally shaking in her little chair. And she's like, "I don't want to meet new people." I remember telling her, "I'm here to be your friend. I'm here to take care of you and help you.