Hi! My name is Brendan. I live in Tarzana, CA, and I've been a caregiver on and off for the last five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because in my freshman year of college, there was a quadriplegic kid in one of my classes, and the teachers were asking if anyone in the class wanted to help him out with his homework and just daily routine, and I thought that sounded like a really cool opportunity, and I was really interested in it. So I volunteered, and I did it, and I spent time with the kid every single day, and I really enjoyed my time. So ever since then, I've wanted to be a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, just to be open to any situation and never prejudge things. And just whoever you're caring for, just really try to get to know them as a person, and just put their disabilities aside because if you can do that, and get to know them as a person, then it becomes such an enjoyable experience.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget was this kid Brian, who I cared for when I was in college, and he had a muscular problem where he couldn't move his hands or arms in a normal way. But he was very passionate and loved video games, and he's a big-time gamer. So, I remember he had a custom controller built so that he could hold the controller and maneuver all the buttons without any problem. And I just remember going to his apartment all the time, and we would just sit there and play video games for hours, and he would laugh and just have so much fun. And I remember it being just such a rewarding experience.