Hi, my name is Julia. I live in Long Beach, CA and I have five years of in-home aide experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was working in a call center who mostly, we dealt with a lot of elderly people and those who needed assistance. It just seemed that they needed more assistance in person than normal, so me wanting to get into the business of wanting to help those in need and basically to assist those who are unable to better their lives, and basically to make people happy. And that's what I'm looking for myself in the future, to make this a career.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to not treat your career as just a simple 9-5 job because in that case, it's not going to make you or the client happy. You're there to help somebody. And basically you have to have your heart set into it, wanting to help, make somebody happy, to be able to assist them, and you have to feel good about it if it's something that you're looking for. If it's not something your heart's set into, it's just going to make your time drag and it's not something you'd want to do. But basically just to treat them, the person you're supporting, like they were your family.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget or that I remember the most, his name was David and he was a low-functioning disabled client in his mid-30s. The reason why I most remember David is because he was nonverbal. It was kind of hard to communicate with David, so we weren't really sure of things he needed or wanted unless he would come and grab your hand and take you to what he wanted.