Caregiver Profile: Jean

Senior Caregiver Profile

Jean is originally from Jamaica and has been living in south Florida for twelve years. She has been working as a caregiver now for 24 years, nine of those years with our home care agency.

Excerpt from Jean's BEI:

Care giving is sometimes a thankless job with some Clients. Why do you want to do this kind of work?
I like to care for others. It is my passion to always give back. It is my calling. I was born to do this. I think about the positive things with the Client and remember that it is a sickness and do not let it overpower me or get in the way of providing excellent care. I think about the positive.

Clients can be very demanding. What do you do to keep your spirits up? How do you take care of yourself?
On my days off it’s my time. I pamper myself by getting away; getting my hair done, a manicure and a facial. This is “my time”.

What is your favorite part of taking care of elderly Clients?
My favorite part of the job is pampering the patient; it comes with such joy as if I’m taking care of a newborn. I always enjoy when my Client gets compliments from others on how great he looks or smells or feels. I use the Johnson's baby products on him to give him that baby smell.

Most memorable magic moment with a Client?
My client was unable to express himself when I first started with him, however, he had a speech therapist and a psychiatrist on board to help him during this time and I was very impressed when he uttered these words "you look very nice" and I still remember that those were his first three words to me.

When a Client is feeling down and does not want to do anything, what can you do to help improve the Client’s mental state and attitude?
My Client was like a son and if he didn’t want to do something that was medically necessary I would let him know that he could not go outside or visit his friends on that day until he did what he was supposed to. For example he needed "thick it" in his water and if he refused to drink it, I would coax him in a nice way and he would usually give in because he liked going out.

Are you a member of a church? How often do you attend?
I attend Community Christian Church in Tamarac. I attend on my day off.

What is the worst part of being a Caregiver?
The worst part of being a caregiver in not being able to help the Client get better to the fullest. We can make them comfortable, feed them and all that, but I wish I could help them when they are in severe pain and discomfort.

What is the best part of being a Caregiver?
The best part of being a caregiver is nursing a client back to health and their smile and appreciation for having you care for them.

What are the qualities necessary to be a good Caregiver?
Patience and from the heart.

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