Hi, my name is Hyacinth, and I've been working as a caregiver for 32 years. I work in a facility as well as private care. I live in San Marcos, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love to take care of people, and I also take care of a lot of family member during my younger years, and I am so passionate about caregiving because it's not only because I want to do it, I love to make people happy. I love to make sure that someone that I'm taking care of trusts me enough to know that they will be taken care of. They're not afraid because someone is there to hold a hand, someone is there they can talk to, someone they can trust. And that's what make me want to be, and always want to be, a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice I would give to a new caregiver, first thing, you have to be passionate about caregiving. You have to have it in your heart because if you don't, then you won't prolong in this career. Because today you will come in and everything looks so great and it looks so easy, but there are some days when it's very challenging. And the day when it's very challenging, that's the day when you know how strong you are and how patient you are with your client, because patience is one of the most important thing. And you have to learn how to have patience, you have to learn to know your client. Every client is not the same, and it's for you to make sure you know their background, know their lifestyle that they used to have, know what their hobbies used to be, and also know their favorite, like their food and what they used to do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is Alfred, and I worked for them for 16 years, he and his wife. When I first met him, he couldn't remember my name, and so he said, "I'll call you Mary and you call me Jack." So we have been using that name ever since. He was a person like this, he liked to tell you his mind, and he liked when you tell him what's on your mind. But at the end of it, he would call you up, "Make me a cup of tea," and we would sit down, and he would said, "I like you, Hyacinth, because you say what's on your mind, and I say what's on my mind." I work with him for so long that he had girlfriends that came in after his wife passed away, and he always asked me, "Do you like that one? Do you think that one is a good match for me?" And if I said, "No," he would tell them Hyacinth don't think that way. I don't think that you'll be a good match. Sometimes he makes me scared. He passed away suddenly, and he was an awesome person. And if he should be come alive again, I would work for him without even taking a red cent from him because he was such a good man.