Hi, my name is Desiree. I live in Hemet, CA and I have six years of caregiving experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have been volunteering in nursing homes since I was in middle school. My first caregiving experience was to take care of my grandparents who had Alzheimer's and dementia. I took care of them for a two years, mostly part-time, and in the last years of their life, I took care of them full time. And then with the hospice care, I fell in love with hospice. After my grandparents passed away, I went to LPN school, and my goal is to eventually become an RN hospice nurse. But that was how I fell in love with it, by taking care of my grandparents and just receiving the excellent care through hospice.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to treat them as they were your own grandparents, and figure out what work best for them. Don't try to push and don't take anything personally. Just get to know your clients as they're just getting to know you, and just ask any questions that you have to the facility to be able to help out your clients.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The clients I will never forget both my grandmother and grandfather. Especially my grandmother who had Alzheimer's. Because we tried several different caregivers, facilities, and different methods to try to get her comfortable. We had a real big problem because she always wanted to go back home. So when I came into the picture, when she was upset or having anxiety or was restless, all I have to do was walk into her room.