Hi, my name is Julie. I live in Castro Valley and I've been doing caregiving for the past five years. It's been not full-time but it has been in total 16 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I helped my boyfriend with his grandmother. She had Alzheimer's and dementia. Then my grandmother started being able to do less and less so I started taking care of her. Then I ended up moving in with her in the end. Then friends of the family had their mother that needed a caregiving so then I just started doing it for her and I've been doing it for her the past four years and my grandmother a couple years before that and so on. It just started out with family and now it's just friends of the family. I'm considered to be pretty good at it so that's why I've been doing it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be that you need to have a lot of patience and not do things too fast and don't speak too fast. Really make sure the person is understanding you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget would be Lily, the lady I'm caring for now. I like to talk to her and listen to her and do things for her. She's just so cute with all her stories of the old days. I think she just gets a kick out of things that I do and how she lost her breasts to breast cancer. She's 92, maybe 93.