Hi, my name is Kelly. I live in Rancho Cordova, CA. I have been a caregiver for one plus year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have certified nursing assistant experience and I've worked in skilled nursing homes. And I enjoy being able to come out to assist in living facilities, clients' homes to assist them with their activities of daily living. And really providing them their dignity and comfort in their senior years, or whatever stage or transitioning in life they may be in. I think this is very important. I've also assisted with my grandparents, both through their transitioning and to hospice care.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to provide the most comfort and companionship that you can with your clients. It's the small things that matter. It's the filing of fingernails during conversation. It's conversation over a nice coffee. It's learning about the client's family, friends and hobbies, to really become an ambassador for yourself and the brand also of caregiving. It seems that during this time, families are a little nervous. There may be frustrations and confusion.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget, I'll call her BJ for the sake of this confidentiality, but with her beauty during her transitioning from hospice. BJ was aware that she was approaching end of life and she probably had very short and limited time left with her family. During this time, I watched her, the day she spoke with a visiting chaplain.