My name is Dominique. I have been a caregiver for five years, and I live in Camarillo, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I originally had to take care of my ex-mother-in-law, and I essentially have always had a love for people and I love caring for people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be the HIPAA Act. Keeping confidentiality is most important, always making sure that your client's needs are met, laundry, cooking healthy, nutritious meals, shopping, companionship, but most importantly, getting to know your client on a level that a lot of people wouldn't take time to do. Spending time with your client, remembering that your client is a person with feelings and emotions and that they need love and care and support, and your patience and your understanding because they necessarily are not in a position that they have chosen. But due to illness and due to sicknesses, they're in that position. So my tips were to be staying loving and kind, clean and neat, being on time and reliable, and most importantly, remembering that this is the most selfless job you're going to take on, and it's very important that you do the best that you can.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Rosie. Rosie was a sweetheart. She loved to play cards, and she loved to crack jokes. And I will never forget her. I will never forget how much she loved when I make her brownies and tuck her in at night, and most importantly, she would give me words of wisdom that have kept me, even until today, in my personal life. And I will never forget her.