Hi, my name is Ashley. I've been a caregiver for three years and I live in Desert Hot Springs, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my grandpa. When I was 16, he became very ill. He had a couple of strokes, and my mom was also too busy to go visit him or to even stop working to take care of her. So when I finished school, I started to take care of him, and my mom has been a caregiver for 10+ years, so she taught me how to do everything for him, and I've been a caregiver ever since I was 18.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, be patient. Not all clients are going to like you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Kenneth. Every time I came to work, it was always a good time. Despite his illness, he was always happy. He loved to go for a walk, and he was just around the best client that I've ever had.