Hi, my name Arminda, also known as Mindy. I live in Cathedral City, CA and I have been a caregiver for eight years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because that's my way of showing my appreciation to the senior community, as a thank you for everything that they did for us, when they were our age. Also, my mother-in-law required some caregiving services, and I was the only one available. I didn't really care about the pay. I didn't get paid or anything, but I did it out of my heart. I love helping the senior community. I love to show them that there is still somebody here that is willing to help that does care for them and everything that they have done for us.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to see the client as a family member, to respect them, and to not invade their privacy. Always remember that they are also human, that they have us there, because they need us. They need somebody to show them love and somebody to show them companion, somebody to be there for them, not to take advantage of them or treat them any different. Treat them as you were treating your own mother or your own father. Just show them love. Show them that you genuinely care for them, that you are there for them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Bob or Robert. He loved to be called Bob. He was a dementia client with Parkinson's, so it was a really big challenge to actually have him remember who I was. He welcomed me into his home, into his life on a daily basis. I got so close to Bob, and to his family, and they would take me out. They would take me to the tramway. They would take me shopping. They treated me as part of the family.