Hi my name is Jessica. I am located here in Brentwood, CA and I have been doing elderly care for about four years already.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregive because my mother is a caregiver and she's been a caregiver for probably about seven years. So I'd just seen her do it and I got interested in doing it. I've always wondered how it is. I love to help people so I decided to give it a try and I did. Once I did, I just continued to do it because I just decided that it was the perfect job for me. I mean, I love to help others and I'm very social, very nice. I just love helping elderly people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be if you feel like you have big heart for others and you're willing to be punctual, responsible, respectful and always be there for your client in whatever they need, then you should go for it and continue doing caregiving. I feel that if whoever does caregiving, they have to have something in them. They have to have a big heart, because it is a hard job at times and it does get difficult sometimes and stressful. But I feel that it is worth it. I've got really close to my patients and I love my clients. So I get really attached to them and I help them whatever their needs are. I would also tell the caregiver that-- treat them as if it was your grandmother and you were caring for her. How would you want someone else to treat your grandmother? Always treat them with love and respect and just help them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a client named Hugo. He is such a sweetheart and when I was caring for him, his wife lived there and he did not have dementia or anything. He was just very sick of cancer and was getting cured. His wife is really, really sweet, and he was a fall risk too. So what I would help them do is prepare his breakfast. I would do laundry. I would do housekeeping. I would do medication reminder. I would be there for companionship. He was just so sweet and kind to me. Him and his wife would always call the company that I'm working for and let them know that I'm a great caregiver and that they want me sent again. So ever since, I would always get sent to that client, always. She was just a very sweet, nice person and so was he. He would always thank me and give me compliments and just make comments here and there that I just helped him so much and I'm really kind and just a lot of help and that I've changed their lives. It was just so kind. It's so sweet to hear those type of things from someone else because it just warms my heart. I love to help and that's what I'm there for.