Hi, my name is James. I've been a caregiver for over one year and live in Antioch.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my passion and my compassion for people who are aging. I happen to have a great-granddad who died at 106, and I was the person who took care of him until his death. It was from my experience with him that I learned a lot of compassion and passion to care for the elderly and those aging. My passion is driven by the enormous care that the elderly require as they descend down the experience of aging.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to be compassionate,passionate, and to have love for people you care for. It's not just about the paycheck. or the money. It is about understanding that you are the only kind of folk that these people see. You represent the happiness, so how you go about caring for them will go a long way. Understand how these elderly people will respond to life challenges as they descend down the aging ladder. Your role as a caregiver is key in enhancing the quality of life of these people. Therefore, the place of compassion in your life and in your assignment is very integral in showing them the good quality of life.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I would never forget is Mr. Clint who was so concerned about life after death. He seemed to have this fear of the unknown and of what would happen after death. He feared about how people would treat his family. He was so nervous about it. I understood that he was a very spiritual person, and then I assured him that life after death, since we don't know much about it, has been taken care of by God. He was diagnosed with dementia, so I made efforts to redirect him from such thoughts for the best interest of his emotional stability. I also explained that his fears are normal with every human being, but that there are things we don't have control over until it presents itself to us. I encouraged him to be strong in the face of challenges and uncertainties.Though he eventually passed away, he passed away a happy man. He passed away a calmer man than I met him, and that gave me joy.I made an impact in a dying man's life.