Hello, my name is Angela and I live in Long Beach, CA. I have about two years experience in caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of family experiences I have been through within my own family. Also because working as a medical assistant, opened my eyes to other possibilities people need. Those are two reasons why I decided to become a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to always have an open mind to learrning, because there's always new learning opportunities with a new client. You may not know how to do something, and they will teach you. They will have the patience with you as long as you're willing to learn. Also, having patience with them and learning about them. Getting to know who your client is, is something you should do so you would understand their situation. And every client's situation varies.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The patient I will never forget is Robert. He had taught me so much. He taught me from learning his physical therapy exercises, which I still use them for myself. He helped me to have confidence within myself, to always look presentable wherever I go
because you may never know where your next chance or opportunity may be. He'd be like, "Young lady, stand up straight. Fix your hair. Wash your hands if they're dirty. Do something." If you feel that you're not presentable, always try to fix yourself up a bit because to some people, they will judge you by your looks. And no matter hard-working you may, looks matter to people. And he would tell me about his own experiences he had with old bosses he had. They would come up to him and tell him being on his grooming or his hands or his nails. So he would always tell me if that was something that office look into, he would share with you or like tell someone else so they could keep a look out on their own. He would also be so funny. Every time we went to go, talk, and walk at the pier, he would always make silly faces. He would joke around so much, and then he would make jokes out of almost anything. He also said that learning came from reading books. So he would always have me reading books, no matter how big or how small the books were. Reading was a big thing for him, and honestly, to this day, I read books. I love reading. That's now my new hobby, reading by far. Since I met him, I would say I've read ten books. Some medical, some just novels. You just never know what could catch your eye. He had left so many memories within me and now I'll never forget him. He was one of the clients that really left something within me, to always have for myself, for my future, and I really do appreciate him.