Hi. My name is Amanda. I'm in Oakland, CA. And I've been a caregiver for 3 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mom was sick when I was growing up and I used to have to assume certain responsibilities to help her around the house and just to bring her back to wellness. Like giving her her medicine, and cleaning up, and doing the cooking.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to listen, to do whatever you are asked to do, to try new things, to be a companion, and just to make them smile. Make them feel comfortable in their own home. Do whatever is needed of you and just try to make them happy. Make sure that they're getting better. Make sure they're taking their medicine and following their doctor's orders as much as possible. Just create a happier environment so that they can heal faster.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Eileen. She was an elderly lady. She had been suffering from back and hip problems. She lived alone, all she had was her cat. And even though she was elderly and she was going through the stages of senile and Alzheimer's she was so sweet and so loving. She really made me enjoy working for her. I was actually able to teach her how to drive again and I don't think she had driven in at least 10 or 15 years. And just seeing her start to get her independence back, it made me remember why I became a caregiver and I really miss her. She was fantastic.