Hi my name is Enijua and I have been a caregiver for eight years. I live in Los Angeles, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver to take care of one of my aunts that had been sick. She became blind over the years and I took care of her. That's when I first started and I found out that I had an itch for it. I liked it. It was the best thing I ever did and I continued it for the years on and to come. I love my job. In the process of working for a patient now, and I love what I do.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, if you're not compassionate and you cannot deal with incontinence, and you do not have patience, this is not the job for you. But if you do have all of the above, welcome aboard.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my client by the name of, Ivory. She was 89-years-old and everyone kept telling me how mean she was, but when I started with her she wasn't mean to me. She had never been mean to me. I found out why she wasn't mean to me. Because I always spoke to her in the morning. I always asked her did she want some coffee. I always asked her about her day. Even though she wasn't able to move-- I had to use the Hoyer Lift to get her in and out, for her to move around. She always responded to me like that. And that's why she was so mean to everybody else. Nobody asked her about her. They always just come in there, work on her, change her, and they never asked her about her, and how her day was, and how did she sleep. And I did all the time, every morning. For three-and-a-half years I worked for her back at her home. I took care of her and I asked her about her.