Hi, my name is Jeanette. I have been a caregiver for six years and I live in the city of Inglewood, California.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, since the age of 16, I have worked in convalescent hospital, acute care hospitals, and also I had to give my father care when he became bedridden with Alzheimer's. So I enjoy working with the elderly, and I enjoy helping others.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, you must have patience, must be willing to give all your care and kind to each an individual person that needs care, and you must enjoy working with elderly people. That's my experience. I enjoy working with them, I enjoy learning from my elders, and I love helping people who can't help themselves.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my father, when I had to help him when he came down with Alzheimer's disease. He couldn't walk. He could talk, and his memory would go and come, but I enjoyed listening to the stories that he told from back in the day. I enjoyed helping him shaving his face, just talking and learning and listening to the things that he used to do back in the old time days when he was younger. Just sitting and listening and enjoying the conversation and helping him is what I enjoyed the most.