Hi my name is Keomoney. I live in Long Beach, CA. I've been a caregiver for one year with my grandmother when she have a stroke and for two year with Cambrian Homecare.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my grandmother, she had a stroke and because of my mother and when I work for Cambrian Homecare I help other elderly people too. I get along with elderly people so well and I care about elderly people. That's why I became a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to the new caregiver is just to take care of your elderly people that you are taking care of. Think of them as one of your family, as if they are your grandparents, your parents and care for them like it was one of your own because that's how I do it. When my grandmother had a stroke I took care of her for one year. I bathe her, clean her and feed her because I care about her so much. Because she took care of me when I was young. So my advice is just to take care of them and love them like they were your grandparents or your parents.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I would never forget was when I worked for Cambrian Homecare, this elderly woman, Julie. I took care of her until the day she passed and her daughter was there. She was a registered nurse and I was an MA and I cooked for them. They loved me like I was one of their own daughter. I even cooked my own ethnic food, Cambodian food for them and they love it: rice, vegetables, stir-fry food, things like that they love. I just go out of my way and sometimes, I stay overnight when I wasn't even getting paid for it because they asked. They want me to stay and because the night she passed. I helped arrange the funeral because the children was in shock and they didn't know what to do and I did. I help arrange the funeral service. I call the family to come in to see their mom for the last time. They never saw her before. I did all of that out of my own love and care for them because her daughter couldn't do it. So I wasn't paid to do the funeral arrangement for the mom and I just did that out of love and compassion for her. So, until this day, me and her daughter are still friends.