Hi, my name is Amelia and I am from Fillmore, CA. I have been a caregiver for about 20 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because when I was in high school, I was volunteering at a skilled facility resting home for the elderly and I really fell in love with the elderly residents. From that point, I became certified and later on, went to work for agencies or referrals. I worked specifically with one or two clients in their homes and it was just a wonderful experience taking care of them and helping them live their days to the fullest possible point. It just has been heartwarming and rewarding, that is one of the reasons why I stayed in the field.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a caregiver would be to ask as many questions pertaining to the client, so that she would be comfortable, feel confident going into their home and taking care of them. If they were on a job site and something arised and they did not know how to handle it or what to do, to immediately call a nurse in charge or person in charge and ask the questions than to assume to do something and then it be the wrong thing, so that's what my advice would be to a new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of my clients that I will never forget is Audrey. Audrey, like many other clients that I've had, suffered from Alzheimer's and Dementia but everyday was like a brand new day for her. The minute I walked in, from starting a wonderful breakfast and reading the paper. Even though it was the same articles over and over, it was just so delightful for her to be able to share that with somebody. Not to mention the long walks that we took and just the companionship that we had. She'd hold my hand and we'd go to different places all the time. She really just did enjoy that, she enjoyed outings and every minute was significant for her and so I will never forget her.