Hi, my name is Frances. I live in Los Angeles, CA and I've been a caregiver for eight years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver after the passing of my mother. I always expected as I grew older and my mom became more in need of my assistance, I would be assisting her but she passed away unexpectedly. So in honor of my mom, I care for others the way I wouldhave done for her.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is that you have to have a big feeling within your heart for caring for others. You have to have a lot of compassion and patience to deal with whom you're going to be dealing with. I've come across a lot of people that I've met in the industry, and they are so quick to go out and make that quick dollar but it has to come from deep within, inside you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget, his name is Richard. I cared for Richard for about four years in a skilled nursing facility. Richard and I had a nice bond together. Besides taking care of him, getting him dressed. I also had him on my RNA program, which is restorative nurse assistant. I worked to ambulate Richard and do range of motion exercises on him. Richard would sometimes be silly and not want to do any exercises, but he always liked a good challenge and he would thank me at the end for giving him a little extra push. I would take him outside sometimes, just to get some fresh air and enjoy the sunlight, to do his range of motion exercises. And those times we were able to create a closer bond. I got to hear many stories of his younger years. I met his family, and his family was very nice with me. Sometimes when his family was not able to come in, for example, on a Sunday, I would come in and bring him one of his favorite hamburgers from a restaurant up the street. He loved his hamburgers, and we would have a nice dinner together. I know those moments he always treasured because he told me how kind it was, it made him happy. But he is someone that I won't forget.