Hi, my name is Jacqueline. I go by Jacquie. I live in Yucaipa, CA and I have been caregiving for 30 plus years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandmother needed help, and then through my mom and her friends, gradually other people needed help. So I would take care of them, and then they would know someone. I've worked with dementia, I've worked with ALS, it just continued. It just continued because of word of mouth, acquaintances, family members, and it's just something I seem to be able to do.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to be attentive to your clients and what their needs are. They all have voices and everybody's different. To be patient. We are taking care of them and in their homes or what have you, and it's important that they feel respected. And to be honest and trustworthy and truthful.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget, his name is Larry and he had ALS. I took care of Larry for about five years, and it was in spite of what he was going through he could laugh and make the best of a bad situation. It was a hard job because of what I had to do with him, but it was never unpleasant. I never missed a shift in five years. I learned a lot from him. I had to learn to do physical therapy and so I learned more traits and knowledge in caregiving. Just patience with him because he couldn't speak or he couldn't swallow and he couldn't eat, and it was time-consuming but I did learn patience and tolerance and just how to look at people and what they have to go through and be thankful that I can be there to help him.