Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Dawud Lewis. I live in San Francisco, CA. I’ve been a caregiver for 2+ years.
My inspiration for become a caregiver was my family, and dealing with certain health issues that were taking place while growing up. I seemed to naturally be called to help out, and so I developed a strong sense of compassion and caring and it was rewarding.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
The person who has had the biggest impact on me as a care provider was Paul. Paul started out super paranoid and hesitant around new people, he was really enclosed in his own world. As I got to know him more and got to working with him in various tasks and duty’s, he really started opening up. I learned about his life in an interesting way and was able to develop a long-lasting friendship.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
One piece of advice that I would share with caregivers would be to develop or already have a sense of patience and compassion. I think that these are applicable within caregiving because of the level of pain or problems that a patient might have. To come into the door with that, I think is super helpful. It allows them relax and you can also develop more of a rapport and be of more assistance to a patient or client.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
Moments that make me proud as a caregiver, have been seeing clients regain their independence. Specifically, with Paul, I met him and he was very mobile and moving about in a healthy way, and then during my time with them his condition actually debilitated him to where he was wheelchair bound. Then through physical therapy as well as some coaching we were able to get him to be more mobile in his day to day life which was very rewarding.