Hi, my name is Anyssa Burnett, I live in San Leandro, and I've been caregiving for five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a grandmother who was an amputee and needed help. And since I started, I fell in love with it. I felt really good giving back and being able to help others and put smiles on their faces. And ever since then, I've just been caregiving with multiple different types of patients and I've just been happy doing it.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to just always remember that you have to be patient and to just always reassure the patient that you're there for them and you're there to help them regardless of how irritated they may be, how frustrated they can get. But, I think, remaining patient and just constantly reassuring the patient that you're there for them and you're there to help them, is probably the best advice you can give a new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a client I had, her name was Athena. She was a 33-year-old woman who had Down's syndrome. And every single Monday, we would go to Berkeley and we'd go to a park and we would prepare this food and give back to anyone because it was welcome to come for a meal and we would serve dinner every single Monday. And just giving back and seeing the smile on her face for feeling like she could actually do something considering she was someone who constantly needed 24 hour care, to see her happy to give back and feel like she could do something to help someone else and I could help her do that, just truly put a smile on my face and truly made me feel happy and like I was giving back as well