Hi, my name is Josephine. I've been a caregiver for seven years and I live in Hawthorne, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandmother died of pancreatic cancer in 2003, which enabled me to go into caregiving. When she was in hospice care, I was her right-hand man in regards to helping her in her health care needs.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a caregiver is to know your patient's diagnosis, always learn their schedule of needs and what's important to the patient. Always learn how to communicate when giving care as patients can get anxious if you don't communicate effectively with them. Always be reliable and organized when working with any patient.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is a client which I was working with in a hospital setting. She had a condition called pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a condition where you have elevated blood pressure through pregnancy. I enjoyed caring for her because I was able to give her effective care. I was able to learn new skills as I was caring for her, and I was able to build a bond with her as I was able to understand her. So it made my experience very memorable and I was able to bond also with her child after she had the baby. So that was very memorable for me.