Conversations with Caregivers – Nina and Teresa

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Q: You two have been doing in-home care now for many years. What keeps you motivated to continue in this role day-after-day?

A: Nina: Becoming a caregiver has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am not just a caregiver, I am a friend that the client can trust. Giving love, understanding, patience and undivided attention to another person to me is priceless. I am very fortunate to have found such loving clients.
Teresa: I really enjoy helping people of all ages. I mostly enjoy having one-on-one conversations with others. With senior care, I love my conversations with clients as they have so many amazing life stories to tell. I love making a difference in a loved one’s life as I am a compassionate and caring person.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1617872909418{margin-bottom: 5px !important;}”]

Q: Families looking for caregivers often find it hard to identify the right person. What advice would you give them?

A: Teresa: Follow your heart. Look for a personality fit – it is important that the client gets along with the caregiver. It is a big responsibility at a very stressful time for the family. I want to say that a great caregiver would understand that and be there to help.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1617872970255{margin-bottom: 5px !important;}”]

Q: Many clients fear having a caregiver takes away their independence. How do you help such a client who needs support but wants to stay independent?

A: Nina: Patience and understanding is a must. I will help or stand back depending on the need. I am guided simply by making sure the client needs come first, and then families or mine. Many times clients understand they have needs but want to have a say in the matter of what they do versus others do for them
Teresa: I am upfront and communicate to clients that I am not going to take away their independence – and then I follow through. Gaining the client’s trust is important. I am there to help when needed. But when you have earned a new client’s trust, they will rely on you to balance safety vs independence [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1617873005912{margin-bottom: 5px !important;}”]

Q: What is the most difficult part of being a caregiver?

A: Nina: Caring for an individual with Dementia and Alzheimer’s can be demanding. But it is also most rewarding. One has to keep in mind that having a big heart and making a difference in someone’s life is like a gift.
Teresa: One has to take time daily after work to recharge as a caregiver so you can be on your 100% when caring for someone else – recharging as a caregiver is like wearing your oxygen mask first before putting it on the person next to you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

2021-02-20 05:05:19

Conversations with Caregivers – Nina and Teresa

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Gagan Bhalla

Gagan Bhalla

Gagan Bhalla is the Executive Director of Care Mountain Home Health Care. For over 19 years, Care Mountain has offered dedicated expertise in senior in-home care in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Managing seven locations across Texas, Gagan has committed his life to enhancing the well-being of seniors and their families needing home health care. Through insightful articles and blogs, he shares his wealth of knowledge, empowering families to make informed decisions about home care. Trust Gagan's experience to guide you on the path to compassionate and professional senior care.