Hi, my name is Genevieve. I live in Thousand Palms, CA and I've been caregiving for about six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandmother was also in the caregiving business and that's how I caught on and I would go and work with her. I'd go to all of her clients and I'd help her and I'd just learn step by step how to do things. And I started getting into it and she would send me to her clients as well and I would work with them one-on-one until I moved back down to Thousand Palms and I started working in a facility and in an in-home care. From then on, I just loved to help the elderly.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, I know things may get tough at times in different situations you're put through, but just remember you can do it. Don't give up, just push yourself. I look at them as if they were my grandparents and how I would want somebody to treat my grandparents. That's how I treat my patients. I treat them with respect. I want to make sure that they're so comfortable. That's what you have to do. Make them feel comfortable. Make them feel at home.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget was Bob. Bob was 83 years old who had dementia and Alzheimer's full blown. I worked with him for about six months and I was one-on-one with him. And let me tell you, he was just the sweetest old man you would ever meet. He had a temper at times, but me and him just made the best connection. I would walk in the room, he would see me and his face would just light up. He was the most loving man you would ever meet. There was also another lady named Pearl. I'll never forget her. One of those in Beverly Hills. She acted like she was still in Beverly Hills which made her even cuter. She had a little accent, she would tell us stories. I would tell her stories, she'd ask me about my life. Those two were the ones that I was mostly close to. They stole my heart. They were the sweetest, loveliest people I've ever met.