Hi, my name is Jason. I live in Sacramento, CA and I've been a caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mother, who is the biggest inspiration in my life, inspires me. She has multiple sclerosis, but she was so compassionate. My mother's compassion, she instilled that in me, and she was the most compassionate person I've ever known. And she inspired me. She was a writer. She was a playwright. She was a poet. And just to spend as much time as I did as her care provider and everything that she's given me, all the inspiration, all the motivation to want to inspire other people, she's the reason why I am where I am today. So my mother, she was a very big inspiration to me.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be a good listener. I think that that's just something that I've learned, just to listen to the recipient's needs and to listen and then to respond appropriately to anything that the recipient has to say.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my last recipient, Zachary, who had, or has, muscular dystrophy. He's not able to move his arms or his legs, but what really gives me joy is to see him enjoying himself, see him laugh, see him have fun. He's a young man, 19 years old, and he loves Star Wars.