Hi. My name is Kelly. I live in Atascadero, CA and I have 20 years of caregiving experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I'm compassionate and I love people and I chose a medical field when I was going to college and pursued that path in dentistry, caring for all sorts of ages.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to find out as much as possible about your client that you're caring for, all of their needs, and those are the main things that I would inquire first.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is my grandfather who was always a strong man and became sick with ALS. At that time I had a full-time job caring for my two younger children and a full-time job in dentistry. My husband is a fireman so he is away from the home a lot. My grandparents had people come into the home and help but there was just something more. I just felt that he always needed more and my grandmother needed more support. I would go every day after I got off work and I would feed him. He was no longer able to feed himself. He had a special chair. We had this monitor and he got pretty good with working that as well. But it started to become just a lot on my grandmother. I was there for emotional support for her at first and I think emotional support, love, and extra care for my grandfather. There was certain things that other caregivers could come in and do and there was certain things they could not, like for instance taking care of their pedicures and manicures and things that a grand daughter could do because I was just going up there every day with my children out of love and compassion. I thought that there's so many people out there that don't have anybody; don't have anybody there to do that for them. I feel very grateful that I was able to do that for my grandfather.