Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you became a caregiver?
My name is Jamie. I live in Oakland, California, and I've been a caregiver for four years. I got into caregiving because I saw that my family needed care at a younger age, so that inspired me to go out and want to work with other people's families to make sure they were getting quality care.
Who was your most memorable client?
The first person that comes to my mind is my mom, because she birthed me, and I'm always there for her. She has a bad heart. It's enlarged, and she has diabetes and severe asthma. Growing up, I remember seeing her needing to use her inhaler, or seeing her legs give out on her. She's on a cane now. She's supposed to be on a walker, but she's a fighter. What I admire most about my mom is that she is definitely a strong person. She is hard headed and I love her for it. That's my mom, but I'm there to help her because I know she needs it.
What advice would you give a new caregiver?
If I could give any information to an oncoming caregiver, it is to always stay patient. A lot of things may not happen the way you want it to happen, but it's going to happen. You just stay patient.