Hi my name is Debbie. I have been a caregiver for ten years. I live in Acampo, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I like to help. Whenever I see somebody in need, I will help them. But one day, there was this man that I saw clearly needed some help so I just started helping him and we became friends and I help him here and there. He already had a caregiver but when she moved next she asked me to be the full-time caregiver so I did and I've been there for another shift until-- then he's the one who asked me to go and look for another job because the fact he's in the hospital, he's in the operation and he said he didn't have to go. He just didn't want me to find out about how many jobs that they had kept him. I look at every one and people I take of are like family. I do whatever I can to help them. That's just how I am.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be always make sure that safety is number one. These people, they rely on us to make sure they're safe and well taken care of. That you take care that you make you feed them good quality healthy food, that you're there, that you're working, you care. That's the biggest thing is that you care about the person. It's not a job, it's a way of caring for people.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that we never forget, I can't really just say that because I care for each one. I mean if every one has such good memories, I guess my biggest thing that I love from all of them is that, no matter what, when I come their face just lights up and they know that I'm somebody who cares and is a friend who actually cares about them. I don't really have the interest in money. I care for them all.