Hi, my name is Barbara. I live in Poway, CA. I have been a caregiver for at least two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my father had heart problems. He had a traumatic brain injury. He also had issues with his bladder and kidneys, had a catheter. He needed help at home, and I left my job of 12 years to care for my father.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be on time, to communicate, to keep accurate documents, to be friendly, and to show interest in the client.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I would never forget is Jim, and when I showed up to pick him up at the doctor's appointment, and he had the doctors around him, he looked up and said, "Well, there's my sidekick." And that just warmed my heart, and we both laughed, and it was one of the most memorable moments of my time