Hi, my name is Ivan. I live in Inglewood, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was too young to properly take care of my grandma before she passed away. And I thought I wanted to do my part to help other families that needed someone to help take care of an elderly member. I, kind of, want to fill the gap that was left when my grandma passed away. So I felt that the best way I could do that is by helping other people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to really try to understand your patients and try to give them a sense of purpose in their life. Because many times when you reach an elderly age you'd feel like your life is behind you, and you don't have much to live for, and so you might fall into a state of depression. But if you can help someone understand that they still can accomplish a lot of things and they still have a purpose in life then it will help them to continue forward and not feel so down about their life.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Roselia. I remember the day she woke up after she had a stroke. She was in the hospital still seemed so happy. And she was glad that I was there by her side. She was telling me stories about when she was younger. And it was just incredible to see that even though she had just gone through what she had gone through, and her life was not going to be the same going forward, she was still happy. I was glad to be by her side and keep her company and try to keep her spirits up. I will never forget that. And it's just someone that just made me incredibly happy and I would love to sort of have that connection with other people, especially someone who might feel alone after they've gone through something very traumatic. Because if I can be there and I can help support them, just like I was able to help Roselia out that day, it's just something that's very fulfilling and I would love to share that with other people.