Hi! My name is Crystal, and I live in Downey, CA. I have been a caregiver for six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, a couple of years ago, I'll say four, my grandmother was sick with cancer, and the family members had to rotate taking care of her. And she inspired me. I loved her so much. And I looked up to her so much, and I respected her. And, it was very easy to take care of someone that you care about and that you respect. So, she inspired me to go on the path that I was in.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, take your time, be patient, and also, always pay attention. Interact with your client. Also, make sure you announce everything that you're doing. Take notes. Read any note.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a lady named Mrs. Betty. I was working through an agency, and she was a hospice patient. And she was sick. She had different types of cancer. She had no family members. She used to be a pin-up girl. She was very pretty when she was young. But, because the cancers was taking over her body, she was looking like a skeleton, but she was still pretty. She was nice, sweet, and genuine, but very frightful. So, I just made sure to always make her feel assured that I was there, she would be okay. In this situation, I felt like she just needed someone to be there for her, to let her know that everything is okay, you'll be all right. I'm going to be right here. And that's what I did. And she loved me, and I loved her. She was so sweet and nice. I used to always help her comb her hair. One day, I was getting ready to leave, she said, "Are you leaving me?" And I said, "Yes, Ms. Betty. I'm leaving. I'll see you tomorrow." She said, "Okay." I said, "Okay. Everything is going to be okay. Okay?" She said, "All right." And five minutes after I left, she died. And the caregiver that was there called me, like, "Ms. Betty passed away, but she was peaceful. She had a little smile on her face." And I'll never forget Ms. Betty because, she was so sweet and nice, but scared, like she was scared to pass. But you just had to make sure you assure her, "Everything will be okay, Ms. Betty. I'm right here. You're going to be fine. Just relax." And, I was always there to do that. We shared the different stories and conversation, so I got to know her well. But, that is one lady I will never forget, Ms. Betty.