- When did you start with Seniors Helping Seniors® and why?
I have been with the company for the last 3 years. I joined the Lorain office when the Western Cuyahoga office closed in April 2019. My job as a caregiver is more of a ministry than a job. It is a privilege to help people that need care.
- What activities do you help seniors with?
I enjoy listening to their stories and talking with them. It is important to develop a relationship with them so they will trust me. Companionship is the most important thing a caregiver can provide. It gives them the security to allow me to see things they will not let others see. Which lets me help them stay healthy and keep their families informed on their well-being.
- Tell me about a special client you have worked with.
Julia Goldun is a spicy-sweet Italian Nana. She is a fun lady that loves talking about her family and life in Italy when she was young. I have been caring for Julia for two and a half years and help her with light housekeeping. She enjoys talking and often follows me around as I do my tasks. Julia enjoys the companionship my visits provide.
- What have you learned working with seniors?
They feel pushed aside and are lacking social interaction. I feel like I am helping a friend instead of working with a client. Sometimes, I will take my clients out on my own time and do something fun with them. I enjoy spending time with them and listening to them talk.
- What are some of your fondest memories of caregiving?
I had a client that was going into surgery. During my visit, I prayed with him and he began to cry from the compassion I had shown him.
- What would you like to share with other caregivers and potential clients?
Develop a relationship and emotional connection. Listen. Love. Pay attention to the things that are not being taken care of.
- How do you care for someone with memory problems?
Be kind. Be patient. Pay attention to the little things.