Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Jill Barnett. I live in Pittsburgh, and I've been a caregiver for 6 years. I got into caregiving from my brother Aaron. I took care of him for three years, he was paralyzed from the waist down.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
The first person that comes in mind is my brother Aaron. I had to do everything for him including colostomy and wound care. I bathed him, dressed him, brushed his hair, and took care of him through the day. Aaron, he was a strong man even though he was in a wheelchair. He taught me that just because someone is in a wheelchair, doesn't mean they are different.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
One piece of advice I would give to a new caregiver would be to appreciate the job. It's really nice caregiving for people that can't help themselves. I love my job and so should you. Love that you can help people in need, because really we are all the same.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment as a caregiver was when a man had a heart attack and couldn’t breathe. He needed CPR. What I did, I had to do - and I brought him back. I brought him back and he's living right now, 67 years old. I did my best, I did CPR, and you know what? It worked and I was proud of myself.