Hi! My name is Julia. I live in Laguna Niguel, CA, and have been a caregiver for over four years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver after taking care of my mother for several years, after she was diagnosed with cancer. Because of doing this, it made me realize how important that it was to take care of other people that were in need, like she was, and knowing that other people needed somebody out there that truly cared about them, and would be there for them during the time that they most needed help.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to treat all clients with the respect that they deserve. Going into somebody else's home and performing these duties is hard for them, and they need to know that they still have their independence and that their voice has value.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is Kerry. Kerry had just recently lost her husband, and she was going through the mourning process. Not only was she struggling to do her own daily tasks and taking care of herself, but she was also grieving. Her and I formed a bond that is still going on today. She's a very close friend of mine, and I love her dearly. I believe that by the relationship that we had it helped her go through this grieving process a little bit easier than it would been, without somebody that she felt she could confide in and felt comfortable with.