Hello, my name is Jasmine. I live in Azusa, CA, and I have been a caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I've seen there's a lot of elderly people out there that really do need a lot of help. And one day, all of us are going to be older and everyone's going to need that care that I give to other elderly people, so I think it's a really good thing to do. I love working with people and I think that I have a very good personality. And I think the elderly people always appreciate everything you do for them. And even if it's something small of making a meal, or helping them run an errand, I really love the job I have. I am grateful to have this opportunity. You get to learn so much from an elderly person.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to always listen to what the client is asking for and to be very mindful that you're in their house. And it's their environment, so you have to be comfortable, so they can be comfortable around you. And always respect privacy, and always give them their space whenever they ask for it, or if they need it. Always talk calmly and respect the place you're at. Let's see. Respect the person you're working with, and always show a better side of your personality. Always be respectful and just be a good listener because a lot of them like to talk and tell you things, and when they teach you something new, and next time you do the same thing, show them that you've actually learned something, because it goes both ways. You learn something from them, and they learn something from you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget is Barbara. I remember one time we were getting ready to go out for the walk, so we grabbed her things and we had left for a walk, and when we were walking back home, we noticed we had left the house keys inside of the house, so we had locked ourselves out. And we were just laughing, and even though it was a situation that no one would want to be in, we were just making the best of it, I guess. We hung out the rest of the day until her son came and opened the door.