Hi, my name is Galedean. I live in Concord, CA and I've been caregiving for more than 40 years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because when I was in my teens, I hired on in a convalescent hospital where I learned the work and fell in love with all my patients. And since then, I've worked in other convalescent hospitals in different agencies. I've learned more, and I still love to do the work, so that's why I became a caregiver. I love the clients, and I love the work.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, first to be loving, to be friendly, to be kind, to be caring and be gentle and patient, and always put their comfort first. And if you do that, you'll have a great relationship with your client.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget was Lorenzo. And he was a physicist that worked splitting the atom back in where they were scientists, and he was very smart, but he had a stroke. But we became really good friends. And I did a college interview, and he was my subject at that time, so it was fun. And I always remembered him.