Hi! My name is Christine. I live in Huntington Beach, CA, and I have been a caregiver for six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, I was volunteering calling out bingo on Friday nights, and one of the ladies asked me if I could help her out. So, I started to help out some seniors, and word of mouth got around within the group at the Five Point Senior Care. And before you know it, for six years now, I've been taking care of all my lovely ladies.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to be friendly, smile, nice. Be concerned, helpful, listen, ask questions, laugh, tell stories. Just get to know them as people. They're no different than anybody else, just have a little trouble remembering things.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget, her name is Francis. She's 97. She has dementia. She's a real pistol, a real handful. Some days, she's happy, and just everything is wonderful, and then other days, she might not be in such a good mood. So, I just go over to her where she is sitting in her chair, and I come up, and I kneel down, and I take her hand and I say, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make you feel bad." And she goes, "Oh, Honey, that's okay, you're fine, don't worry about it." And then everything's okay. Don't know why that works, but it does.