Hi, my name is Barbara. I live in Topanga, CA and I've been a caregiver for 12 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my neighbor who, 12 years ago, needed help and after helping her and she passed on, I continued to be a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience and understanding. It's always important when you're dealing with the elderly to be patient with them because they don't always move at a fast pace or at a pace that you would like them to move. So, patience is very important.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is David. David was a very private gentleman and he was 80 years old when I met him. He lived a very private life and when I met him, he wanted to create a memory, memory book/journal for his family to kind of understand why he lived a private life and I helped him create that journal and we took pictures together and he was able to dictate what to write in journal book. Once I did, he was able to sell it and he printed a private letter which I wasn't able to look at. But we did everything and then we'll put it away and unfortunately, he passed and when he passed I suddenly was able to see that book and they really, really appreciated him and learned more about him. They wished that they had done more for him to understand why he's such a private person. So that sticks in my mind a lot because it reminds me of the importance of family and communicating with family and being there for each other.