Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Betty and I live in San Pablo, California and I have been a caregiver for over a year. I'm also certified. I've been certified with the California Long Term Care and also with the Red Cross. I did receive my CPR. I became a caregiver. It started out with working with my family and friends and as a volunteer I met my first client. He had someone caring for him and they ended up not being able to take care of him any more so I stepped in as a volunteer to help him because of the need. And because of the need, I went on and started working for him, and caring for him and he liked that I offered my services freely. I met his neice and so we decided to hire me permanently.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client would not forget is the gentleman that I work for. He is the one that I originally started volunteering and then they ended up hiring me. The services that I offered and provided to him were from me helping assist him with his medicine, management of shopping and cooking, cleaning, helping him with family members, going to the doctor, ordering his equipment because he was on the ventilation machine. So, yes. It had oxygen and other help with different machines and things.
Why are you a great caregiver?
What makes me unique as a caregiver is that I once received care myself and because I did receive care I can understand the need for the support, and the help and I'm like thankful that I was able to get well to where now I'm able to help someone else to be able to also care for them.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
One piece of advice for a new caregiver would be to be compassionate for your client that you care for because they call ready when that you notice something that may be a challenge for them, and for you to be sensitive to that, and to help them and care for them in a way that they could be happy.