Hello! I'm Jacqueline. I live in Torrance, CA. And I've been a caregiver for about a year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I felt like that was the easiest, most fastest way for me to be able to actually directly help somebody. And let them know that they can do what they need to do. And let them know that they are special. And let them know that they got this. And we got this as a team.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to let your patient know that they're fully capable of doing everything, even though they need a little help. It is always their choice, their way. If they want something, to let them have it. And make them safe. Always let them know that you're there for them and you want them to get better, that they are getting better, and know that they're not alone.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Marilyn. She was a sweetheart. And she was about 80. And she was always in control of her life. She was always really, really motivated to get up. Sometimes, she had bad days. But she most definitely was an angel and sweet. We would go out for walks every morning. We would go to the gym probably around 2:00 or 3:00. We would go to the grocery store together. It was fantastic. I would make her lunch, make sure she was perfect, she did not need any more coffee. I would make sure her legs stay elevated and everything, because she had some issues and stuff. So most definitely, she is my most memorable patient. I enjoyed her very, very much.