Hi, my name is Jessica, I live in Los Angeles, CA and I’ve been a caregiver for approximately 3 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a genuine passion for helping other people and giving back to my community. I’m really interested in having a job that is rewarding for me and allows me to give back to other people. I think people that need a caregiver are often underserved and not treated as well as they should be and deserve to be, and then that’s why I like to advocate for the people that I’m helping. And that’s what got me into this line of work.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to really get to know each person that you’re caring for as an individual because not everybody works the same way. You need to approach the residents and patients in a unique way that works for them, and a cookie cutter approach doesn’t work for all people. So really just getting to know the person on an individual level and providing them with the best care and services that you can is the best way to be the best caregiver possible for each patient or resident.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is an elderly woman that had late-stage dementia. All of my other coworkers and the residents at the facility really didn’t give her the love and compassion that she deserved because of the nature of her illness. She was very combative and seemed unapproachable, but I really took the time to get to know her on a deeper level and spent a lot of extra time throughout my shift just spending one-on-one time with her, talking to her, getting to know her. And I found that she’s a really loving, genuine person and really just wanted that connection with other people. I think I really got a very nice, sincere side out of her that other people weren’t able to see. And that really was the best gift for me, and my favorite part of my job as a caregiver because I’m really able to interact with patients on this level and see a different side of them that other coworkers, residents, and even sometimes their family members are not able to see because they don’t have the time or the interest in spending that quality time with the person. And that is my favorite part of this type of work.