Hi, my name is Donna, I live in Galt, and have five plus years experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because it was very fulfilling to me to give love and kindness to people in need. I took care of my mother who had pancreatic cancer for a year. I helped with my father in law who passed from COPD. I also took care of a friend's grandmother for about six months that passed from organ failure. And I was just taking care of a friend that also had cancer, and it just fulfilled me. I feel like I belong in this area of life to try to make someone else's life as happy and peaceful and kind as possible.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to treat your clients as family, just like you'd want somebody to treat your family. They're depending on you to care for their loved ones or their selves. And really expect to be attached because my experience has been that I've grown very, very attached to these people. You have to keep a professional status with yourself but still give them the love that you would your own family.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My most memorable client - we'll call her granny. I met her and began doing a 12-hour shift. Got very, very close with her. She reminded me so much of my mother. The things that she said, the clothes that she wore. And she told me how kind I was and I told her that this job was meant for me because she filled a hole in my heart. And we got very close within the first few months that I worked for her and I'm very grateful to have known her. She was a wonderful woman.