Hello, my name is Danielle. I live in North Hollywood, CA and I have been a caregiver of four years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver after my grandfather became a caregiver. He retired from being a respiratory therapist and he started caring for people with mental disabilities, so once I was old enough to apply for the position, that's what I did. I applied and I went through sensitive training, CPR, EpiPen, just various things to be able to care for these people with mental disabilities and I just saw how rewarding it was, just being able to help someone throughout their day and help them do things that they couldn't do for themselves, It's just being that sunshine in their day so that's really what inspired me to become a caregiver, was seeing how my grandfather cared for his clients and how happy they made him and then, once I began to do it, I started to understand why he felt the way he felt.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would absolutely be to love what you do. That, ultimately, is what will make you good at this job and will help you to enjoy this job, is if you truly love to help people and care for people who needs your help. Also, some more advice that I would give would be to really get to know your client, what they like, what they dislike, what makes them tick, what makes them happy. Truly get to know who you're caring for, that way you can care for them to the best of your ability.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget has to be Rosie. Rosie is about 45-years-old and she has Down Syndrome. I love Rosie so much. Rosie taught me so much. She was the second people that I cared for. She taught me patience. She taught me so much, even just about myself and being able to care for her even in her difficult moments and in the moments where she didn't want anything to do with anyone and she was angry. It was just in those moments, really being able to see what it is that she needed and being able to give that to her. It was just so rewarding and totally worth all the nonsense. I'll never ever forget Rosie.