Hi, my name is Charlene. I live in Moreno Valley, CA and I've been caregiver for about a year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I've always wanted to work in some type of medical field. It really didn't matter to me. I'm just a caring person, I like to care for people and if I feel anybody has any reason to complain about anything, it's someone that's not feeling so well or someone that's older or a child. I've done it for a year and I love it, I took a break for a little while because we had a baby, he's one now so I'm ready to get back out there.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be if you don't have a lot of patience, then you should try a different field because you're dealing with different people that are going through different things and everyone has a different attitude, some people are pleasant, some people are unpleasant, some people are violent, some people are angry and you have to have the patience, have the strength to restrain yourself from reacting the way I'm sure you want to react, so if you don't have that, go find another job, this is not for you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Ms. Betty. She's the first one that comes to mind, her real name isn't Betty but that's what she wanted to go by and the first thing that comes to my mind is that she is lovable, she reminded me of my grandma and she was so lovable and she was such a sweetheart. I enjoyed my time with her. I told her, "I feel like I'm getting paid to hang out with my friend" because she was just so pleasant. I loved her so much. She's no longer here so that is the hard part, when you do make that connection with someone and they passed away. It's sad and I do miss her.