Hi, my name is Kiara. I live in Oakland, CA and I've been a caregiver for 6 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandfather was sick, and I had to assist in taking care of him. He had cancer, terminal 4, and I knew I had a passion for caring for people, so that inspired me to become a caregiver, because I have a passion for it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience and to have open mind. To have a loving, and giving heart. Patience is the key in caring for an elderly person, because some days may not be a good day for them, and you always have to have patient. Patience, competence, a loving heart, and a good spirit to keep their spirits high because some days, their spirits may be low. That is the advice I would give to a new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Iris. I was very close with this client. I worked with her for about three years ago, up until her last day. She passed away in April. She taught me a lot. She didn't really have much family, so I was always more than a caregiver, I was family to her. She taught me to be patient, she taught me to love more, and she taught me how to be the person that I am today. She was more than just my client. I looked at her like a grandmother - that's how connected we were. Even when I wasn't working for her, I still called, and I checked in with her, because I cared about her. I did a lot for her. I helped her with her health, which in she was overweight, and we had a plan, and she actually lost 40 pounds, and it actually kept her here longer. She was overweight because she didn't have a lot of family support. I tried to fill the void as much as I can. I just really miss her, and I will always think about her, and it makes me want to be the best caregiver that I can be, because it's very important for them to have someone that they can depend on, and that's always my goal - know that they will never second guess me, and to know that they can always depend on me.