This week Caring Senior Service honors Gloria Davis, a caregiver in our Caring Senior Service of Victoria office. In this interview, Gloria explains what inspired her to become a caregiver and what has motivated her to deliver care to seniors for over 8 years.
Can you tell a little bit about yourself?
"I am 71. I have lived in Victoria, Texas for a very long time."
"I’m a people person.
We respect each other."
Gloria Davis, 71, of Victoria, Texas has been a caregiver for eight years, all of them with Caring Senior Service.
Why did you decide to become a caregiver?
“After I retired I had no plans so I got bored. A friend of mine told me about about Caring Senior Service so I went and applied.” Gloria became a caregiver after spending four years caring for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s, while still working.
Have you had to overcome any significant challenges?
“Probably, but I can’t remember any."
Do you have a favorite memory as a caregiver?
Gloria's favorite story from working as a caregiver was of a client who always talked about “her boyfriend,” who was really just a kind gentlemen who regularly would check in on her. “She called him ‘her boyfriend;” it was cute,” Gloria said.
What is your favorite part about being a caregiver?
Her favorite part of the job is when a client tells her, “I like you. I’m glad you’re here.” She’s even had clients tell her that if she leaves the company, they don’t want anyone else. “I’m a people person. We respect each other,” she said.
Gloria said even the clients’ families will tell her they appreciate what she is doing for their mom. When her client with the boyfriend passed away, she attended the funeral. “When she passed, I said, ‘I must stay with the family.’ We’re still friends,” she said.
What's the most difficult part of being a caregiver?
The most difficult part of the job is getting a new client and “learning them,” Gloria said. “Learning when they like to do things — their likes and dislikes. It’s challenging for the first month and after that we get along.”
What's your advice for anyone considering caregiving?
Davis has only a few simple pieces of advice for anyone considering a career as a caregiver.
“Go for it but keep an open mind. You have to find out what they like and don’t like. Be determined but it pays off; it’s worth it,” Davis said.
Everyone here at Caring Senior Service National Headquarters would like to thank Gloria and officially recognize her for the service she provides to Caring Senior Service of Victoria and the seniors in her community. Gloria we hope you enjoy the LED 32" Flat Screen we sent you, its our way of saying thank you as we celebrate 25 years of helping seniors!