Hi, my name is Anna. I live in Sonoma, CA and I have 5 years of experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver when my mother became ill and I found it very rewarding to take care of her, and also to hire others to come in to care for her when she was ill. I did take care of my father and I'm taking care of other neighbors.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient, understanding, sympathetic, and just have a listening ear. To be thoughtful and kind. Treat them as how you would want your parents to be taken care of.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget, her name was Lulu. She passed away many years ago. I would take her for daily walks in her wheelchair, make her meals, and she just loved to watch the I Love Lucy show. It made her laugh, which laughter is contagious.