Hi my name is Katie. I live in Daly City, CA and I have four year's experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I've always liked to take care of people. My caregiving experience is mainly with children and all of the jobs that I've ever held are with children. So it's just something very rewarding to me and I learn a lot from the situations that I have been in working with children. So it's just something that's kind of natural for me. I, just again, have always loved taking care of people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to any caregiver would be to observe and to listen and to be patient. Mostly to observe because you're basically taking the reigns of helping to care for someone else and you want to follow how other people have done it before or how other loved ones have done it before so that you're taking into account what is best for the patient or whoever it may be that you're helping take care of, and you want to listen to what their needs are as well and to be patient because it takes time and it takes time to develop relationships between you and the person you are helping. So I would say those would be the three tips I would give to a new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is a boy named Colin. He was one of the first kids that I worked with that had special needs and I came in very inexperienced and went through a lot of training and after the training I was kind of put in one-on-one situation with this boy named Colin. His special needs were that he communicate by using a computer device and what I really liked about him and what I remember most about him is after we've gotten to know each other a little bit and I had found out all the stuff that he really liked, I found out that he really liked-- there's this funny song called "Friday" and he loved when it was Friday, because he knew he didn't have to be in school any more and he got to be with his family on the weekend. So I found this song, "Friday" - it's kind of a silly song, and I used to play it for him, then he would laugh more that I'd ever see him laugh before and it was so heartwarming. He'd always smile when it was Friday and kind of looked to me in his way of looking at me and anticipate the song, "Friday". So it just became this thing between the two of us that we did on Friday and it was just this connection that I had with him and loved it.