Hi, my name is Christopher. I live in Westminster, CA. I've been a caregiver now for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was actually discovered y somebody from an agency, and she actually liked my customer service skills that I gave her while we were in the market, and she felt that I'd be a good fit in the industry. And two weeks later, I went and applied and I was. It kind of just fell in my lap and I've been enjoying it ever since.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to any caregiver would be just pay attention. Pay attention to all the little details. Pay attention to everything the client does. Make sure you see if you can pick up on any routines, any patterns, as to why he does certain things. What time he usually craves certain things. Just the little signals that he gives you that will help you out throughout the day, that you'll pick up. Once you start to get this pattern down, this routine down, then it'll make your life a whole lot easier.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will definitely never forget is one by the name of Reeves. He lived in Burbank, and I would do in-home care for him while his dad was out to work, so usually throughout the day. And he was a non-verbal client, so it was a little bit tough for me because I had never dealt with a non-verbal client in the past before. But just taking him to certain outings, and just kind of exploring, and seeing what he liked to do, and watching his reactions, and whether he'd act up or he'd be calm. Also depending on his medication, how he was reacting to his medication that day. It had various effects on him on different days. So, but I remember one instance where he was just watching people playing basketball at the park that I took him to, and he just had the biggest smile on his face. And it made me smile definitely. So I felt like I-- it made me feel good, like I was able to brighten up a little part of his day right there. Because he was out of the house, and he didn't feel so trapped inside the house. But that was definitely a client that I will never forget. And now I'd be willing, since I had the experience, to take on another non-verbal client.