My name is Andrew. I'm from Hebron, CA. I currently reside in Santa Cruz and I have six years experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandpa got really ill and could not walk. He needed 24 hour care. He was wheelchair bound, so I helped with baths, restroom, grocery, errands, meal preparation, and light physical therapy. I also started working for in-home support services and started taking care of my grandmother, because she needed help with light duty around the house; such as laundry, cleaning, cleaning the outside, meal preparation, and paying bills. I also worked for an independent company which I took care of another ill male who was physically bed bound, because he was paralyzed. I treated him as if he was my grandfather because I believe the elderly should be treated as one of our own loved ones.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is treat them like you would want someone to treat your family members. Respect them, because it's their household, not yours. You are there to assist them in what they need.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is one client whose name I will not say. He was bed-ridden so he couldn't do anything. He would direct us to do everything around the house in a perfect manner. I was patient. I tried to make his life easier and better because I knew he was not only going through physical problems, but also mental and emotional problems as well.