Hi! I am Cindy, and I have been a caregiver for about 30 years, and I live in Sacramento, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, my mother had gotten MS, and then I took care of her for a little while until she passed. So, that was a long time, actually. And, I worked also in a hospital caregiving since I was in my twenties, and off and on in nursing homes since then. I just enjoy taking care of other people, and especially the elderly. And, since I have gotten older, I do one on one. That's important to me, I think they deserve to have that, so, I like to continue doing this service for them.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a caregiver would be, to enjoy your job. Enjoy your clients, and to always try to give them the very best possible care. I try to tell them that, thinking about how you would like to be treated is the best way to treat them. And, to be able to conversate with someone on a one on one, they love having conversations. And, I would also encourage them to just be as connected to them as they possibly can. They like that one on one. They like to have personal attention, and that's important.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Hugh. He was a World War II veteran, and his stories were absolutely marvelous to listen to. He had dementia, and to listen to him even though the stories were always over and over and over again, were always enjoyable. We laughed. We went places together. He was, to me, more like a family member, and that's how I like to have my clients. He's just one that I will never forget. I spent an awful lot of time with him before he passed, and I really miss him.