Caregiver Profiles: Marlene

Senior Caregiver Profile

Marlene is originally from Bolivia and has been living in South Florida for eight years. She has been working as a caregiver now for seven years, six of those years for A Family Member Home Care clients. In addition to English, Marlene speaks Spanish, German, and Portuguese. She has her associates in computer science. 

Excerpt from Marlene's BEI:

Care giving is sometimes a thankless job with some Clients. Why do you want to do this kind of work?
Because I like to help people who have limitations. I focus on the person who is receiving my help, my time, my effort rather than any recognition.

Clients can be very demanding. What do you do to keep your spirits up? How do you take care of yourself?
I read the bible and I exercise.

What is your favorite part of taking care of elderly Clients?
Understanding the needs of the clients and finding patience within myself to do the best job.

Most memorable magic moment with a Client?
I had been driving my Client’s car for a little while and she asked me if I was comfortable driving that car and if I liked it, I told her yes, and she said good because she was making arrangements to leave me that car in her will. I was very touched and moved by this kind gesture from her because it meant that she is grateful for what I do for her and she appreciates it.

What in your opinion are the most important traits in someone considering this kind of work?
Patience above all, and vocation to help people.

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 patient loves to go out so whenever she’s feeling down I take her out walking or try to distract her, we play games, she likes Rummy Q.

Are you a member of a church? How often do you attend?
Baptist church, I attend every Sunday.

What is the worst part of being a Caregiver?
The worst part is that when on a live-in case, sometimes I have appointments and it’s hard to find the time to go.

What is the best part of being a Caregiver?
The best part is to achieve empathy and a good relationship with my Clients.

What are the qualities necessary to be a good Caregiver?
Love for your work and patience.

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