Hi, my name is Jessica. I live in Alta Loma, CA which is a subcity inside of Rancho Cucamonga, and I have been doing in-home care for about six years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because growing up my father still had a grandmother with dementia, and I never understood the dynamics of their condition, but I was so close to both of them. So growing up, when I was in high school and things of that nature, I kind of wanted to get more into what happened to them, how their conditions accelerated so fast, and what I can do in their lives to better them.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would definitely be to be patient. Patience is so important in this field, and it's easy to forget when you're in the midst of a difficult client, or someone who has maybe a different personality than you, or is just really having a hard day sometimes. Sometimes their days are just so rough to where they have no full control over how they're verbalizing their pain or they're verbalizing what's really going on with them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Shirley for sure. Her name popped in my head as soon as I heard what the question was. She and I had a relationship for about three and a half years. I cared for her. We actually met at the grocery store. She was trying to find some seasoning salt, and she had hypertension.