Hi, my name is JoAnna. I live in Campbell, CA and I've been serving clients here in our community for 10 plus years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I had several elder family members that were sick and needed care, so I've basically been doing that most of my life since I was about 10 years old not only here in California but also in Ohio. I decided to get into agencies and do caregiving because I had a close personal friend that went through breast cancer. I spent a lot of time up at Stanford and I just felt like it was a calling to help the geriatric community and I enjoy it very much. I also went back to school and became a medical assistant and worked in the field for a little while. I'm currently taking a break and this is what I want to do and I enjoy it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to respect your client and their home, treat them with dignity and respect, sort of let them call the shots, find out what it is that they need on a daily basis, how they want particular things done, just overall be respectful and absolutely stay off the telephone. If you don't find things to do or if you get a boring time, find something to do or ask if you could do something extra for your client.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is elderly southern lady that was horribly crippled and physically she was not in good shape but mentally she had that humor. She was extremely funny and nice and I'm sorry to have lost. She gave me a lot of insight to life going forward.