Hi! My name is Alexandra. I live in San Jacinto, CA and I've been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I think that it's a job where you can learn from your patients, you can grow as a person as well as a career, and I think it's rewarding that at the end of the day, be able to go home and say that you made a difference in that person's life. Because of you, they had quality time, quality care, and they were able to do things that without the help of a caregiver they might not be able to do, simple things that people take for granted like eating or dressing themselves and such. A lot of our patients don't have that or are unable to do that for themselves, and if we can help them do that, I think they still feel whole as a person, so it's important to give back, I think.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, I think the most important thing is to be patient, most of all. Be very patient because our patients don't move as fast as we do and you don't want to make them feel pressured or that you're rushing them. That's an uncomfortable feeling. I think that you will learn as time passes and as you spend time with them. People learn how to march at their pace, so to speak. I think patience is key, most of all.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Mr. C. He was one of my favorite clients. He was in his mid 90s, and he had the biggest heart, and he had taught me so much as far as being patient, and being kind, and how to enjoy every moment you have in life, and how to value everything.