Hi my name is Jamella. I live in Vallejo, CA and I've been a caregiver for five plus years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver, because my mother's leg was amputated and she needed support. So I was the support that she needed, and I continued it until the day of her passing.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to love what you do. Don't get frustrated with the patient, because they're going through their own issues. So if this is something that you think you will like and love, do it. If not, step away.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I remember is Jeanette. She was loving, caring, beautiful, and super, super funny. She was just awesome. We went to the grocery store one day and I was like, "Oh, let me just get this stuff for me now." Because after I took her home from grocery shopping, it was time for me to go home. So I might as well kill two birds with one stone. So I collected the things that I needed, and as we proceeded to the cash register, she rung up her stuff. They rung up her stuff. She paid for it and as they were ringing up my stuff, she insisted that she pay and I told her, "No, it's fine." and she cussed and fussed, and cussed and fussed, until I gave in. Because she made me turn bright red, but her cussing and fussing at me was funny. But I slid her money back under her pillow the next day, because I couldn't do it that day. So the next day after that, she told me she found the money. It was super funny.