Hi, my name is Angelia. I live in Augusta, GA and I've been a caregiver for 20 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I took care of my grandmother when she was not able to take care of herself. I worked at the state of Georgia for 20 years or more working in mental health. And now, I work with people with developmental disability and I enjoy doing the work because it's rewarding and it's good to be able to help someone else who's in need.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
The advice I would give a new caregiver is to number one, pay attention. Pay attention to everything that goes on, all the information from the orientation, that you need to have in order to be able to take care of the patient the way they need to be taken care of. The second piece of advice that I would give is to get to know the individual and get to know their family, talk to the family about the individual and find out what they like, dislike. Just get to know the person.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is Miss Lucy. She was a German lady and she moved her after the war. Her kids were all grown and lived out of state. And she's very independent. She had just recently lost her husband but she did not feel like she needed any help with anything. Miss Lucy and I got to know each other really well almost to the point where she considered me to be family, and I considered her to be family as well. She taught me a lot. She taught me how to cook a lot of German dishes. She taught me how to play solitaire. She just taught me to just take time and enjoy life. I really miss Miss Lucy. I miss her a lot.