Hi! My name is Katie. I live in Tracy, CA. I don't have professional experience, but for almost 10 years, I've been taking care of my mother.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver personally for my mother. I've been taking care of my mother. She got really, really sick when I was 17, and she needed someone to be there for her. No one else was around, and it was my opportunity to step up and really be there for her. I took her to doctors appointments. I made sure that she was comfortable, she had food, so I'd cook for her. I'd take her out to dinner. I would take her to go do fun stuff when she wanted to do fun stuff, like go to the fair.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient. They're not always going to move at the speed that you move, and you're not always going to move at the speed that they're going to move. You have to get into a rhythm of things. You have to really sink in and make sure that there's a type of chemistry or things like that. Like I said, with my mom, I grew up with her a certain way my whole life, so at first, it was very nerve-racking. I was afraid of hurting her. I was very timid. For a while, it felt like she was kind of guiding me through everything. I don't have the professional experience, so again, this would relate directly to my mother. Obviously, I'm never gonna forget her. I was really young when it happened. I was still in high school, but she didn't lose her temper with me, and I kind of always expected that she would.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my Mom, probably because she was my first. She was the one who got me through it, and she was the one that I've always been with. I took care of her. I loved her, and we just had a really great relationship. It's possibly going to be my most memorable.