Hi my name is Jennifer. I live in Oceanside, CA and I have been a caregiver for nine years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I started caring for my father, who was terminally ill and after that period of time, I realized this is what I want to do. It's a very rewarding job to know that I make a difference in the lives of the elderly.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to remain patient and empathetic at all times. Speak slowly and with a calm, caring voice. Don't take things personal, especially with Alzheimer's, dementia patients. They can say things that they really don't mean. You just have to take it in stride and realize that it's not their faults.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget, and always remember, her name is Barbara. She had ALS. She was in her 60s. She, at the point that I came in, was unable to communicate effectively and I made an instant connection with her and I could understand what she was saying. I was able to translate for her and help her communicate with her brother and her girlfriends that would come over and visit. Her and I, we bonded very well, very quickly. We would laugh and she would be able to speak to me and I would be able to understand. It was just amazing. I'll never forget her. I will never, ever forget her. She was a wonderful, wonderful woman. I'm very blessed and thankful to have the opportunity to meet her and I've never forgotten her.