Hi, my name is Crystal, and I stayed in Long Beach, CA, and I have 9 years of experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver, because I would always watch my mother when she would be leaving to go to work. I'd ask, "Hey, mom, where are you going?" She'd be like, "I'm going to work. I'm going to assist the elderly," and one time she took me to her job, and I ended up seeing and watch what she was doing. I told her, "One day, mom, I'm going to be like you." And that one day came around, and ever since then, I have been assisting and also working with different companies assisting and helping the elderly. I feel like this is a way I give back to my community by assisting and also working for the elderly.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to always ask before doing or always make sure you are in the right grounds before doing. I say this, because a lot of times you would have that one client that would always want you to ask before doing, and you should always ask before doing. You have some clients or members to where sometimes you don't have to ask, but always be polite, because you never want to treat anyone-- as we always say, "Treat someone how you would want to be treated." I would never downgrade or betrayed an elderly, because you would be in their shoes one day, and you would not want anyone to take advantage of you. So another advice is to make sure the member is comfortable as possible.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget is one that was always happy and cheerful. We would always go on walks and go out shopping and we would always do fun things. This client was amazing. This client always wanted to get out of the house, stay up out of the house and just explore life. This client hardly complained about things. This client loved when I would give her a bath or just light housekeeping when not even asked to do so. This client gave me life and made me feel very comfortable in their home. This client I will never forget. This client was always there for me, and I was always there providing that companionship that the client needed.