Hi, my name is Kallie. I live in Burbank, CA and I've been in the healthcare field for 30 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because the doctor I was working for was retiring, and I was not sure what to do next, and then one of our patients needed a caregiver. I did that for about a year and realized that I really loved it and felt I was very well suited to it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be remember to have a lot of patience. People are not at their best when they're sick or not able to do things for themselves. Try to keep a good sense of humor, and understand that their sense of humor may not always be at the top, but it's not fun to be sick. Patience, good sense of humor, if you don't have your heart in it, don't do it. That's my advice.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Rose. She wasn't supposed to be a hospice patient. We thought we were going to help cure her cancer, but it simply didn't turn out that way. I ended up staying with her till the day she died, and it's quite an amazing experience to spend that time with somebody - something I really enjoyed and taught me a lot.