Hi. My name is Egypt. I live in Los Angeles, CA and I've been a caregiver for 4 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my great-grandmother used to own a rest home when I was younger. I used to love all of the elderly residents, but at the time I did not know that is what I wanted to do when I got older. Once I became of age, I worked at a gym and helped the kid's club area. While I was watching the kids, one of the parents in there told me that my care-giving services were so well that she wanted to see if I was interested in a job opportunity. The job opportunity was at Silverado, a memory care facility. Once I went on my interview, I was hired on the spot. And from there, I just love helping elderly residents. And I enjoy it every day because I know that everything that I am doing for them is really for a great cause, and it's helping them to live their daily life completely.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be to always be confident in the skills that you are applying to the client. And always be open and honest with them, letting them know everything you're going to do for them and how you're going to do it. It is best to always explain what is going on so they don't feel like they lost their voice. You have to always make sure that the client feels a part of their daily care, because the point is to assist them and not take over them. So always make sure you're confident and you keep open communication, so that way the environment can be a happy and safe environment for everyone.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
So a client that I will never forget is Beverly. She was 92 years old, and she was a very funny woman. She always kept me on top of my game by making sure that I was organized for my day. She told me that I always need to plan ahead what meal I was going to make for her, what clothes I was going to help her pick out, how I was going to clean the house, and everything in that order. She wanted to just have a list of everything to do, and to write it down like a checklist. I really loved that, because it kept me on top of my game like she wanted. And it helped me in my daily life as well to stay on top of my personal game. I love the way she treated me, and she made me feel a part of her family just by making sure that I was the best that I can be. So I will never forget her because she meant a lot to me.