H! My name is Andrea. I live in Lodi, CA and I have two years experience in caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was the primary caretaker for my grandmother, while she was in an home hospice and this was about a year or so. What led me there was she needed someone to care for her, but obviously I am a medical assistant, and I have worked in primary care and urgent care as well as chronic pain so with that I have developed very close relationships with my patients and took caregiving as something that comes naturally for me.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, what patients are looking for typically is acts of kindness, love, loyalty. That's what they need. That's what they desire. I believe that's what every human being needs, to stay happy and to stay positive. But it can be difficult when you have an ailment or your aging or you're recently handicapped, to come to grips with that and because of those circumstances, it can be challenging but you just have to bring it. You have to go at their own pace and be there for them. It doesn't take an expert it just takes somebody who can care and who can be there for them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my grandmother. My most favorite memories were all of the stories and all of the knowledge that she passed on to me. I wouldn't give up that time for anything. It's so rewarding listening to somebody who has gone through their entire life and listening to how much experience they have. It's a lot to take away. It's definitely grown me as a person.