“I wanted a job where I could schedule my own hours and not have to be stuck in traffic going to an office every day,” says Beth Dieterle, who has been a professional CAREGiver for about a year. “Since I’ve always cared about senior citizens, I thought I could combine all these things together into one job.”
Despite the fact that she’s never had formal professional experience caring for seniors before (unless you count the many hours she spent keeping her great-grandmother company when she was in her early teens), Beth has found the job both interesting and rewarding.
“I have my regulars and I've become really close to them, and then every once in a while I'll fill in for someone and meet a new client and I think 'Oh, I'm so glad I met this person,"' she says.
Beth particularly enjoys hearing her clients’ stories – whether it is veterans proudly recalling their military service or couples telling her how they met. One couple, in particular, has made a strong impression.
“They look at each other and their eyes twinkle,” she says. “The wife needs more physical care. Her husband is independent, but not strong enough to take care of her. But he still dotes on her.”
Beth said that the gentleman recently complained to her that he wished he could do more for his wife. It felt good for her to comfort him by saying, “That's my job, that's what I'm here for.”
She thinks that CAREGiving has given her a new perspective on many things in her life, including her own grandmother, who is 97-years-old. “My mom will lose patience with her and I’ll say, ‘Mom, she's doing really well.’ It just makes you look at everything in a different way.”
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