Hi. My name is Kayilynn. I currently stay in Long Beach, CA, and I've been caregiving for about 1 year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because it's a very rewarding job. You feel good about yourself being able to assist and help others. After my mom got into her car accident, it was a little difficult for me to see her actually struggle, and to see her not be able to perform the tasks that she was used to performing. So when you step in and you actually help them, and you assist the elder or the disabled with being able to be normal again, or being able to function regularly again, it feels really, really good. So yeah, I became a caregiver because I love what I do, I love to help others, and I just want to make people feel that they haven't been forgotten.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to actually care - to actually care, pay attention to your client, make sure that you're actually giving them the attention that they're seeking - companionship. Like I said, having conversations with them, taking care of them the appropriate way, not abusing them - verbally, physically, mentally, et cetera. Just care. Just treat them as you would want to be treated, period.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Kevin. Unfortunately, Kevin passed away due to having pneumonia - he was very sick. But I will never forget him, because when I used to take care of him, or even when I just came into his presence, he would always smile. He would always have a smile on his face. Was he alert? Yes, I would say he was alert enough to actually know what's going on. But he would always smile, and it just never failed-- if I came in, maybe thinking about too much on my mind, his smile is what really got me. It's what really brightened my day, and I miss it - I really, really do. And that's probably the number one thing - is having your client smile at the end of the day.