Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Ashlee. I live in Suisun City, California and I've been a caregiver for 6 years. It originally started with my grandmother whom I took care of for 2 years. In that time, I learned that patience is everything. She taught me how to sympathize with others. That's really what got me into caregiving, and I've been doing it ever since.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Of all the people that I've cared for, the first person that comes to mind is Mrs. Joan. She was a very stubborn woman. She didn't like me too much at first, but I think once her husband went into the hospital she really grew to like me and trust me a little more. She needed somebody there with her, somebody that'd comfort her and just let her know that things were going to be okay. I really admired the fact that regardless of anything that was going on in her life, she remained giving and loving.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
One piece of advice that I would give to a new caregiver would probably be love what you do. If you don't love what you do, then it's not going to benefit you or the person you're caring for. I think if you love what you do and you just try to have patience and understanding, then it'll be best for both of you.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
One of my proudest moments was when I worked with a client that had cerebral palsy. She was wheelchair-bound, couldn't move anything. I just remember her telling me one day, "I don't know what I would do if I didn't have you." It just made me feel like I'd accomplished everything, made me feel very proud of myself.