Harshi has been a caregiver with us since December 2014. Her clients and their families tell us that she is a wonderful, graceful, caring and super helpful caregiver. They know they can trust Harshi to give their loved ones the best care possible. We know that also!
Why did you decide to become a CAREGiver?
I am curious about people. I love to get to know people and their lifetime experience. Therefore, in the process of getting to know them, I start to build a trustworthy relationship with them. Also, I am a non-judgmental person. I value other person's principles and respect them for what they believe in (even if they are different from what I believe in). Moreover, helping others give me a sense of inner satisfaction. These qualities made it easier for me to become a caregiver as it integrated with every aspect of my personality.
What is your most memorable or happiest moment(s) with your clients?
I enjoy everything that I do with my clients. Starting right from working on a family photos scrapbook for one of my client to taking my clients out for grocery shopping or to their appointments. Although, I would say that my happiest moment was when I took one of my client out for a drive to her former neighbourhood. My client was so glad that she was able to go and have a look around at her old house and the changes that has taken place over the time in her neighbourhood. It somehow refreshed all the memories that they had of their old place. She started telling me stories and got me familiarized with the area. In the end, she gave me a title that "I am an angle with a car" which meant a lot to me and can be counted as my memorable moment with one of my client.
What advice do you have for any new CAREGivers?
Try to build trust with your client. Trust in a relationship is fragile, so keep the promises that you make with your clients. Respect is another aspect of the care. Listen to your clients, value their opinions and work accordingly. Make sure to keep a smile on your face as it can turn a frown upside down. Most importantly, keep an optimistic view about life. An optimistic person carries around a positive energy with them, which is unknowingly being transfer to people around you. As a result, it can help your client's to forget their problems and look at new prospect of life.
What do you enjoy doing on your days off? Hobbies you have or groups that you belong to?
I like being at home on my days off. I usually cook something special, do home chores and try to relax myself by surfing on net, talking to my parents and friends on phone (back in Toronto). It's pretty much a lazy day with music and pajama's on. I love watching movies, TV shows; reading magazines, psychology journals; helping others (in any way I can); and my recent hobby is scrapbooking.
Harshi, thank you for all the trust that you are building with your clients. We appreciate that.
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