Hi Im Diana. I live in Vallejo, CA. Ive been a caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, when I was younger my grandfather had Alzheimer's so I took care of him for seven years and I'm also going to college to be a registered nurse so it's an amazing experience.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
As a caregiver, my advice would be to definitely learn how to be very, very patient and very kind is always the number one goal. Because most patient have dementia or Alzheimer's or anything at times forget mostly everything. So you have to learn how to repeat things and say things, be very patient because there's going to be times where you're going to be all day repeating the same thing. You're saying the same thing so you definitely have to be very patient and very kind because most patients do forget most things and your number one goal is always to be kind and patient.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget, his name was Greg, and he was a very, very smart doctor and he did not have any memory loss, but he was on Hospice because he was very, very ill. My best memories was definitely him being so kind and open to his home to me and he made me feel very comfortable, and he was very happy because I got very close to him and was able to help him with everything that he needed to. It was definitely very good memories, very memorable guy. I definitely feel like that was an amazing experience being able to work with such a kind man who on Hospice but was, definitely, very kind.