Hi, my name is Anquanette. I stay in Sacramento, CA and I've been a caregiver for 2 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a passion and love for older women and taking care of people. My grandma had become ill, a couple years ago, and I just knew that it was in me to take care and have the passionate care for elderly or people that need assistance - such as older people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to be passionate, to be able to understand, because not all elderly people are coherent and able to understand. So you need to be able to manage your time, be able to have the patience to deal with them; and understand that they are going through things and they need assistance in care and help.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a Mrs. Phils. One day, I'm giving her her insulin and she's like, "No, I can do it myself. I can do it myself." I'm like, "Well, I have to help you. I understand that you can do it yourself but I need to help you." She said, "You know what? I don't know, it's just something about you. It's just that you have an old soul." She said, "You're so kind." She said, "I want you to take on. If anything happens to me, just to understand you're so nice. You're passionate." She was like, "You're a very lovely, young woman and you're going to grow old to be a good woman." She said, "Because you take so good care of me. Even for me to be your grandmother, I see you take care of other people and that's just you don't see that anymore in young people. You're just so passionate." I remember that still, to this day, and I carry it with me every day.