Hi, my name is Jeremy. I have been a caregiver in Las Vegas, NV for just over 10 years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my own grandma was given various hospitals and home care facilities, and went through the effort of becoming a caregiver myself to take on the full-time responsibility of caring for her, and found that I enjoy the daily challenges of it and found it very fulfilling. It was enlightening to me to see that spark in someone's eye, that joy, the fact that they had someone there to help them deal with their day-to-day life that they just couldn't handle anymore.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to listen to your patient. They're a person. They deserve the respect that you'd give a member of your own family. They still have wants and needs and desires that should be respected and helped, and let them enjoy.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget, she had mild dementia, and she only had about five stories that she would relay on a daily basis. And I would smile, and I would listen to her stories, and I would reply, and I would ask questions. And sometimes there would be some new information, and sometimes there wouldn't. But she was a character. And listening to her five stories over and over again, you got a little bit of new information, a little new perspective on life each time.