Hi, my name is Joy. I live in New Haven, CT and I have been a caregiver for a little over two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I watched my grandmother used to go to work every day to care for the elderly. And I also know that I like helping people especially the elderly. My father got sick. He had cancer, so I helped care for him. I helped my grandmother with my grandfather a little bit.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to be patient with the elderly. Care for them as they were your own grandparents or someone that you love. You got to understand where they're coming from. They're not what they used to be. Just care for them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Miss Rose. She's very funny. She can be a little mean sometimes, but it's like, you know, the strict parent type. She used to be a nurse and she'd tell you her stories.