Hi, my name is Kimber and I've been a caregiver for seven years, and I live in Fresno, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was taking care of a family member, and I realized how much I loved taking care of others. I started taking care of more and more people, and I have yet to stop in the past seven years because I feel like this is something I really am good at and something I like to do.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to try to put themselves in the recipient's shoes. Try to understand how the person is feeling because I feel like that makes a better caregiver is empathy. Empathy makes a really good caregiver and trying to be understanding and to have lots of patience. I think these are all things that are very important.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Steve. He was an amazing man who had a condition, but he had worked hard his entire life. He was a farmer, and he didn't know how to be wheelchair bound. He grew very depressed and very lonely, and we built a really good relationship, and I started taking him outside to go pick fruit from the trees in his wheelchair. I'd take him for walks. He quickly thought less and less depressed, and he grew very, very happy. I'll never forget him because he taught a lot of wisdom. He was an amazing man, and he taught me more than I think I have ever helped him. I think that it's important when you're a caregiver is to learn and never stop learning and to build relationships