Hi, my name Barayah, I live in Sacramento, CA and I have 3 years of caregiving experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was blessed enough to grow up with a lot of family who I watched become elderly. A lot of people in our neighborhood I watched become older and all the help they received, it was community in the time that I grew up which afforded me the ability to be extremely compassionate. It is rewarding to care for people. It's rewarding to know that people who have done so much for you, have done so much in the world in their youth and now are in an area in life where they are old and they need the help and you want to give back, give that help, because you'll be once be there yourself. So you want to always think about that. Have that compassion because life is a cycle and eventually young become old and we have to remember that. So the way they took care of us is the way we want to take care of them.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be attention to detail. You should familiarize yourself with the person's wants and needs. Familiarize yourself with their home. Familiarize yourself with the things that make them happy. That's what I mean by attention to detail. You should position yourself to know what they want before they even want it. Give them that opportunity to relax their mind to know that you would be taking care of them better than they ever could imagine. So that is what attention to detail means to me and that is the advice that I would give someone.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Roderick. He was a client who dealt with developmental delays, full of personality, had a caring family, definitely gave us a run for our money. It was one of those experiences of a life time. His health care was a new frontier. His personality was also a new frontier. To watch someone handle their situation the way that he did, the love of his family, the way the community responds to him, how we fought for him for the best health care possible, for community acceptance. It's something that I will never forget because it was that new frontier for me and it was wonderful. I would never forget the experience I had with Roderick