Hi! My name is Annette. I live in the city of Fontana, CA and I have eight years experience as a caregiver by Direct Care Staff.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because one day I went to a store and I saw an elderly lady being treated terribly by her own daughter. And from that day on, I decided that I want to care for those who are less fortunate or those who can no longer take care of themselves. Secondly, I became a Direct Care Staff because I saw a mentally handicapped child being mistreated by their Direct Care Staff.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, be patient, be loving, be caring. Don't take anything personally. As for the elderly, their mind works like a two-year-old and they are going to say things that will make you really, really upset. But then again, put yourself in their shoe's and think about how you will handle any new person that comes into your environment without knowing. Please be loving. Don't mistreat the client.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Michael. Michael was 85, a U.S. veteran. Anything that would come out of Michael's mouth was foul. He would call you names. He would humiliate you and he would laugh at you in the end.