Hi, my name is Erick. I live in Los Angeles, CA and I've been a caregiver for over eight years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandma was sick and I was the youngest at home who had to take care of her. So while taking care of her, I fell in love with giving care. And not just that. Each time I took care of her, I was happy and I could see that smile on her face implying that she appreciated what I did for her. So from then, I loved giving care and since then, that's always been my passion to give care to people who need it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be they need to be compassionate, need to love the job they do because if you don't love the job you do, you won't do it well. So being compassionate and showing kindness unto the patient you giving care to makes the job easy and makes them happy.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget would be John. I used to give care to John. John lives in Santa Monica. And each time I would show up for work, John would be like, "Am I driving you out today, or are you driving me today?" Isn't that funny for someone who is challenged, who cannot walk? But he asked if he was the one driving me out. John was a very funny man and he was very appreciative. Every little bit of thing I did for John, John showed his kind of appreciation. That made me so happy. It made me just want to spend all day with John. John marked a time in my life that I felt so happy that someone was appreciating what I was doing for them. John was a great experience I had.