Hi, my is Darian. I live in Vista, CA and I've been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mom step-mom, sister and brother all care-give and I decided to just give it a shot and I really love it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be to learn about the illness or even disability that the person in your care has. The more you know the better care you can give. Also, I would encourage independence, don't do everything for them. If you do everything for them they may lose their independence and if you're caring for someone with Alzheimers or even dementia they get very frustrated if they aren't able to do things on their own.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget would be Dorothy. Dorothy used to be a model and she lived a glamorous life. Every time I see her I would sit there and just talk to her forever about her past, she would always tell me about all the glamorous people she met at LA and all of the musicians that she met and all the outfits she used to wear to every event she used to go to. She's definitely someone I wouldn't forget. She had such an interesting life and I loved hearing about it.