Hi! My name is Arianne. I live in Chula Vista, CA. I have been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, I lost my grandma that needed someone to take care of her. This was a long time ago. I was in high school. I noticed that I have a care for the elderly people, and that I know what it feels to be needing help, and that's when I realized that pursuing to become a caregiver is one of the things that I love to do in my life.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, treat her as your family, treat her as your own, or him, give all the love and care, and anything that the client, he or she needs, provide it. That's the reason why we, as a caregiver are there for them, is to guide them, to help them out with everything that they need. And also, take note every hour or even every minute, the activities, or what is she or he is up to doing, say activities or for example watching TV, or taking her or him to the doctor for an appointment, everything. For the whole shift that you are working in as a caregiver, make sure to focus. Because, I'm not saying it's a hard job, but what I'm saying is, you have to really focus, and nothing bad will happen, and just be there, and then be very careful with everything.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Ms. Fran. At first, she is very particular with caregivers. The first time that she had met me, and I was just thinking to myself, "She is just like a grandma to me, and I'll be who I am," and be yourself. And she took her time for about 10, 15 minutes to get to know me, and I wasn't nervous. I was being who I am. And like I said, be yourself. And next thing you know if she said, "When can you start? I'd like for you to work for me." And I stayed there for a good two years, there were times that I was very ill, I could not come to work because, I didn't want her to get sick because of me. And she would call my cell phone, she would double check, "How are you? I'm really concerned. I hope you feel better, and I hope to see you soon." She's a very wonderful person that I can never forget.