Hi, my name is Jimmy. I live in Whitewater, CA and I've been a caregiver for 20 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I did massage. I went to a person's home. He was a quadriplegic. He became to where he couldn't take care of himself anymore, so I started taking care of him. Took care of him for 14 years. He passed away about two years ago, and I realized that I can really make a difference in people's lives by being able to help them.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, do not do it for the money, do it because you want to make a difference in people's lives. Sometimes, money doesn't make the difference. What you do and how you treat people and being able to help, being in an industry to where you can make a difference in people's lives each and every day of your life is a lot more important than the monetary things. We all need money to be able to survive, but the number one thing should be that you really care and you want to make a difference.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is George. George is the first person I worked for. He was a quad but he was the most determined person that I've ever met. He never gave up. He was always trying to do better. He was always trying to walk again. He was not handicapped. And the funny thing is, I realized after George passed away that I was more handicapped than what George was, simply because I didn't realize how much I needed him in my life to make my life more pleasurable, and the lessons I learned from George about sheer determination and not giving up.