Hi, my name is Janice. I live in Inglewood, CA. I've been doing caregiving for over 29 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of loved ones that were getting elderly and needed assistance. Then I was in a bad accident and needed a caregiver. And it became a part of my heart to know that we too can be a help to one another. It's been such a wonderful experience throughout all this time for myself, especially one on one care.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, always treat everyone with the utmost respect, no matter what condition their mental, physical mind may be in. Remember, this could be yourself or your loved one, so treat everyone with a great deal of respect and care.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is Nancy. It was an honor to be able to be her caregiver for many years. She lost ability to walk but we still took her to ride a horse every Thursday. We went on outings to see the wildflowers. She had a daughter that had the same illness that she did, so she had a dog instead of children, but that dog brought joy and laughter to all of us in our times of struggle. Losing the ability to talk as I was taking care of her, it was harder to understand her speech, but the bond that we connected together was in our eyes. I was able to understand things she liked. We went shopping together before she lost ability to chew solid food. We went to dinner. We went to the movies every Tuesday, and she was just a part that grew me in many, many ways. And we lost her a couple years back, and I never forget about her. I still stay in contact with the family. It was an honor to me to have her in my life, and I will never, ever forget the things that she taught me and the things I was able to teach her as we worked together.