Hi, my name is Jennifer. I live in Monterey Park, CA and I have been a caregiver for my family for the past six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver to help my grandparents cared for my grandaunt who had dementia. I had to quit working and moved in with my grandparents to help them out. Eventually, I took care of them as well because they are in their seniors. Also, my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I was also his caregiver. I did that for about five years. Recently, I helped my mother because she had a knee replacement, one knee was done a year and half ago and the other was three months ago. That's my experience. And I'm currently in school, to learn to assist the elderly, a certification program for senior care.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient, and always be respectful to your elders or your patients, and allow them to do what they can, in a safe manner. If they want to walk, let them walk but safely, and just be there for them to support and to encourage them to be independent in a safe manner.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my grandaunt Steph, who had dementia. She was very sweet and kind. She never really got frustrated with herself even though she was confused, she just made every day very special because she was just a kind and loving person. It was sad for me to see her deteriorate physically, but she always, always had a smile. And that really, really made the frustrating days worth it and bearable. She was a very sweet person.