Hi my name is Julia. I live in Long Beach, CA and I've been caregiving for about eight months.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I enjoy providing support for those who need it most. I enjoy helping those who are unable to fully care for themselves. I enjoy being a caregiver because I enjoy making people smile and making their day. I enjoy being a caregiver because I enjoy learning new skills such as listening and communicating. I enjoy making my client's day, definitely. When I'm able to give them a great day where they don't have to worry or fret and all is just smile and joy, I enjoy that the most. I enjoy that with caregiving I can make a difference and I can make a real impact, whether it be short or long term. I'm just improving the quality of their life so much and it's just completely worth it. I enjoy caregiving a lot.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver with my experience would be, the most important would probably be to be very patient with your client. Because sometimes things won't go as planned and clients might be a little harder to persuade into doing something. I had a client with dementia and oftentimes it would be hard to talk her into doing just simple tasks, like walking around. But patience is definitely a virtue with this job. Listening to your clients is definitely a good one. Never be afraid of your client. Definitely, if you're not confident with the client you currently have, you really shouldn't be working with them. Being able to lift up your client if they were to fall is definitely an important factor in being a caregiver. If you can't lift the client, then you probably shouldn't be working with them. Persuasion skills, definitely important, and overall positivity, just a good trait to have with this job, definitely. And that would be my advice to a new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is named Carolyn. She is an 84-year-old woman who suffers from dementia and I will never forget her because every weekend when I worked with her would always be a lunch date and we would sit and drink coffee and she would tell me stories about her children and her life and how things were different in her time and how she would just give me advice on everything and how she would listen to me talk, and I would listen to her talk and how she would teach me how to be Norwegian and tell me about their culture and how they are. Though sometimes she would not put up with me taking her to the restroom and doing the simple tasks to keep her functional, but I did appreciate the fact that she would try, which was really nice. She was honestly the sweetest woman I have met. She was super sweet to me and every day at the end of our shift, she would always give me a kiss on the cheek and tell me how she appreciated me and what I do for her. I hope that one day I will meet another woman just as sweet and just as caring as she is and hopefully, create the same relationship I have with her because it's a good one. So that is why she is a patient I will never forget. She is a person I will never forget.