Hi my name is Desaree. I live in Vista, CA. I have been a caregiver for about 14 years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregive because I want others to feel compassion and love to their loved ones as I would like for mine. I took care of my aunt and my grandmother in their time when they were passing away on and when they were parked into a home, I did not appreciate or like the way that they were being treated so I decided to become a caregiver myself to treat others the way I would like my loved ones, such as my aunt and my grandmother to be treated and I love what I do, because it warms my heart.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have a lot of patient, a lot of compassion, to listen instead of speaking, agreeing and never disagreeing with a patient and to always make sure that you tell them that you love them so that they understand that you care and you're not just there to do your job. You have to genuinely want to show them that you care for them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Marion. Every time we work together in a group and she is part of my group, she always tells me that she loves me and she thinks I'm very wonderful because she feels inside that I am genuinely sweet and that I love her and care for her. She thinks I'm very funny and she says I keep her very, very happy and that makes me happy.