Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Arleen and I live in Antioch, California. I have 12 years of experience as a caregiver. The person who inspired me to become a caregiver is my grandma. I love her so much. I cooked for her, brought her to the doctor, cleaned her room, cleaned the living room, and everything. I vacuumed and washed the dishes. I changed her diaper and I gave her a bath.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
The first thing that comes to my mind as a caregiver is Mrs. Graywell. I took care of her for 4 years. At first, it was tough to be with her because she drinks. When she would drink she was kind of grumpy. But lately when I give her love, she stopped drinking because of me. She treats me like her daughter.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
One piece of advice to be a caregiver is you have to treat your client like family. Hug them. When they go to sleep say "Goodnight" and kiss them. In the morning when they wake up, try to kiss them again and say good things: "Good morning," "How are you doing?", "How was your sleep?" and the most important thing is to treat them like family. They know it if you don't treat them like family, they can feel it.
What types of clients have you worked with?
I've worked with dementia, alzheimer’s, heart attack, paralyzed, quadriplegic, and more. All kinds of sicknesses. Everything that needs help. I'm here to help them.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment as a caregiver is now that I’ve taken care of Mrs, Graywell for 4 years, they treat me like family. They don't want me to leave the house, they want me to stay there. They don't want another caregiver; they want me because they know I treat her like my family.