Caregiver Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Caregiver?

Caregiver in Nashville:
"Patience."
Be very patient. Never take it too personal. You will grow to love these elders like family. It's inevitable. Always respect them and you will be rewarded by feeling good within your self for all you do. God bless.

Caregiver in Cleveland:
"Everything."
Know what your getting into.

Caregiver in Houston:
"Stressful."
Pros: Taking care of a woman in need.
Cons: I get yelled at everyday and everything I do is wrong. No flexibility. Cannot take care of my own responsibilities.

Caregiver in Fallbrook:
"Great."
Pros: Helping others especially older people.
Cons: Some times your management doesn't appreciate your job.

Caregiver in Greenville:
"Dealing with Alzheimer's."
The stress levels are off the scale. The main thing to learn / have is a world full of patience. Alzheimer's / Dementia clients are sweet as sugar one minute, & the next, mean as a snake. Don't be offended.....they know somewhere, a change has happened, don't know what, & if you "react" badly, it makes the situation worse on your client. They usually fixate on one or two things, & you will explain over & over. Be consistent with your responses. The perk to mine is her sweetness, her smile, her valuable knowledge. If she just "spits" out her response, no thinking 'bout it, she's always right. She's 90, and amazing. Gets confused, & since I'm the one with her everyday, everything is my fault. I just agree. BUT, learn patience, patience, patience. !!! They need you to help them, not do further harm.

Caregiver in Cabazon:
"Wages."
Pros: Seen a smile on my clients faces.
Cons: Not enough hours to not get paid enough.

Caregiver in Glendale:
"Being a caregiver."
Pros: I love caring for both the elderly and disabled community . I love helping others and building a companionship .
Cons: I feel the pay rate isn't fair .