Hi, my name is Joshua. I've been a caregiver for eight years. I'm from Augusta, GA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I care. I've been doing this with my family since a child, because my family had people that were handicapped, incapable. So, therefore, I've been doing this since a child, but I've been working for eight years doing this type of work. And I wanted to have my own business, and have my own house with individuals, or take care of my family when they get older now.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to pay attention to whoever you're working with. Listen to the person and be helpful for that person. Find out all their needs and their wants. Find out what they like and what they dislike. Don't get too loud wth them, be calm with them, talk calmly and do what you do best. They wouldn't put you in the job if they didn't think that you could do it. All you have to do is love them, and care for them as well as you care for your family.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is Mr. Gray. I'll never forget him. He has a different name for me every day that I come into work. I guess I reminded him of his childhood friend. He had dementia, so some days I would come in, and he would try to fight me. And I'd do my technique to calm him down, and we would be best of friends by the end of the day. I'll never forget him.