Hi, my name is Angela. I live in Sylmar, CA and I've been a caregiver for about three years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because when my grandfather was sick and he had to come home, we had to take care of him and it was actually an in-home type of thing. They sent him home from the hospital. From there on I knew I could be helping with so many other people and I did and I went and I got another job helping people that were at their home living, I was helping them in their everyday living, doing their chores, helping them with everyday life, to get back on their feet and to know that there are more things out there than just because of their well-being.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would probably be, there's probably more things in life that we can do in a consolation and get done. Basically I would spend as much time with them as possible to help them be a better person, to look at life differently and know that just because the situation that they currently are in doesn't mean that they can't do anything, so I would really create a bond with them and help them as much as I can to possibly make their life better.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My most memorable story about a client was when, about two years ago, every time I would get this client up for showers in the morning, he would tell me, "No, no, no. Please, I do not want to get up. Please, five more minutes of sleep." but he was awake having a full conversation with me and I would tell him, "Why can't we just get up and get you in the shower? and you can have the full conversation with me then and we can bypass this five minutes and have more time to talk." He would start laughing at me and say, "Fine. I can get up, you just take me a shower and I can have a great conversation with you and let the day begin."