Hi, my name is Alexandria. I live in Sacramento, CA and have been a caregiver for one year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver when my grandmother told me that she used to be a nurse, and inspired me that she would take care of people and I wanted to do something to help other people, as well. I found a caregiving job that was entry position starting right after high school with no experience needed. And it was a way to work myself up into higher level, and just a way to pay for college so that I could become a nurse, as well, and follow in the footsteps of my grandmother.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to not be afraid to ask for help if you need it, that no one's going to judge you if you need more training or if you don't quite understand what you're doing. It's always better to ask for help than to go about it yourself when you're not prepared, and make a mistake, because these are people that we're dealing with, and we want to give them the best care available. So, just be diligent and if you need help, be humble enough to ask for the help that you need.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is Maxine. She was just the most amazing person I've ever met in my life. She was a ray of sunshine and never had a bad word to say about anyone. I remember giving her a shower, and all she could do was just say, "God bless. God bless. God bless." I cleaned her over, and over, and over like it was the best present she'd ever received from someone. And she was so adorable, she would never eat her food but she'd always ask for ice cream instead, just, "Ice cream? Ice cream?" Or she'd ask, "Cake?" This woman had a sweet tooth bigger than anyone I'd ever seen before.