Hi, my name is Jessica. I live in Yucaipa, CA and I have over seven years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because this is something that does not feel like a job. It comes naturally to me, it's things that I do at home anyway. Taking care of people, laundry, dishes, making sure they've gotten fed. Things like this, it doesn't seem like work. It's easier for me to go to work when it doesn't feel like a job.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver, would be to remember that for this job you do have to have compassion. Compassion for the person's situation, compassion for the fact that they may or may not be in the bed all the time, or in their home. Maybe they need to go out somewhere. Maybe they want to talk to a grandchild. Spark a conversattion with them. Keeping them talking keeps their mind healthy, I feel. And little other tips and tricks I can give as well, when I get seen in person.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my client Betty. She's a very upbeat person, naturally. She likes to share her stories of her youth. We came from the same state, she's a transplant from Illinois, as I am as well. And so we share a lot of stories about our time in Illinois, the different places that we went, the things that we saw, music, the foods, the festivals. We like to talk about things like that together. It's really good for her because it works her mind, her memory. And helps me too because I miss it so much.