Hi my name is JaMariauna. I live in Fairfield, CA and I have been in the caregiving business for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver due to my great grandmother passing away. She was always the kind of person that just helped everyone and just looked after people, so when she passed, that kind of just made me want to help others. At first, I worked at a daycare with kids, and I just realized that there was just too many kids for me. So I had a friend that got me into the caregiving business, and I turned out to like it a lot and ever since then, I've just liked working with elderly and disabled people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
Really, my only advice to a new caregiver would be, get comfortable with your client, but not too comfortable. Especially if they have a mental problem they tend to take your care and your sympathy relationship-wise, and you never want that. If I had any other advice, it would just be to know your client. Know what they like and what they dislike and instead of telling them what to do, kind of ask them what they like to do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I'll never forget is a woman. She was actually one of my first clients ever. She was completely disabled. She couldn't walk. She could talk, but no one could really understand her. You could understand certain words she said. But a memory I won't ever forget is when I was actually on the phone. It was on my lunch break, and I was sitting in the room with her because the lady that was covering for me for a second, she went to the bathroom and I was on the phone having a conversation, actually arguing with my boyfriend at the time and I heard her say, "Oh, no good." and I thought that was funny because, any other time, you could never understand what she was saying, but I heard that loud and clear. She actually said his name. She was like, "Jordan. Oh, no good," and that's all I heard. I thought that was the funniest thing ever, so that's why I'll never forget her.