Hi, my name is Joash. I live in San Francisco, CA, and I have one year of formal experience with adult care.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was inspired by my Mom. My mom has been a caregiver for over 10 years. She moved to America and she became a caregiver right there and then. Me seeing her work day and night, taking care of all adult care, has inspired me to give back to the community in a way that helping others who can not be able to help themselves. In a way, I feel like my role has changed a bit. So my mom really has been giving me that suppott, and that experience she had been a caregiver for over 10 years, that now I will be able to take on with her as my guidance and mentor.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to recognize that terminal diagnosis, all sudden accidents, or all life-changing events that have happened to someone. To be open minded in a way that they should be able to take care of them with compassion and support. Because this role is really tough if you don't have compassion and support for someone else. It's really important to have that aspect. I've been a caregiver for one year, and part-time while I was in college at UCLA. I was working, taking care of a law student who had a really terminal illness and he couldn't move around. So I was able to help him, and with true compassionate and support, every day I was able to help him to achieve his role and goal of preparing for the LSAT.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I'll never forget was my good friend John. While living in Los Angeles, he was a student, he wanted to become a lawyer. I knew at that time, when we met, he was studying for the LSAT. He had a lot of restrictions. He was in a wheelchair. He wouldn't move around that much. He wasn't able to prepare his food for himself, clean himself, or do anything for himself for that matter. All he would do was study. My role in his life was to assist him in a way that he was able to move around, able to eat, and able to really prepare for his LSAT. He really inspired me. He couldn't move around. He wasn't able to do much. But, me seeing him having this dream to become something, to work really hard at, that moment really inspired me to, not only to forget what was going on on my side, but really to work out in my own life to be something. Because he was working hard to be something at the time. He had nothing, but he was working really, really hard to be something. So his inspiration has been really greatly inspired in my life. He has been part of my life, I would say,, that it's my career now. I'll be forever grateful for this experience that he gave me, and I couldn't take anything away back from that.