HI my name is Arika. I live in San Bernadino,CA and I've been a caregiver for five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I wanted to know how to take care of a family member if I ever needed to do so without having to send them to a home or any other place. I became a caregiver to learn how to properly take care of anybody. Then I ended up falling in love with it, so I continue to do it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be to just be patient, because a lot of the times it's new for somebody to go into their house and to take care of them. Some of them are used to doing thing on their own. A lot of the times when somebody else comes in, somebody new, and start doing things for them, they get a little agitated or irritated. They might take it out on you. My advice to a new caregiver would be to not take it personally. Just know that they do want your help. It's just new for them, and it's new for both of you guys. So just be patient and just help them as much as you can and try not to get angry with the situation.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My client I will never forget is a guy named Michael. He couldn't talk, he couldn't walk, he couldn't do anything for himself and I remember being the new caregiver, taking care of him, and a lot of caregivers before me would give me a report about how difficult he was and how he fight with you, and he won't want to get things done, and just how, out of all patients, he was the most difficult. I will never forget that time where I was so nervous to go on him, because of all the stories that I've heard and come to find out that it's just the way you talk to these patients and the way you treat these patients, you can feel it. They can sense it, and they treat you the way you treat them. I will never forget him, because nobody ever liked going on him, but he was so kind with me. He was a lot different from what they were saying, and it was just a complete really different experience.