Hi, my name is Kristin. I stay in Bellflower, CA. I've been a caregiver for 14 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was washing at the laundromat on a Sunday, and a guy just all of a sudden asked me, did I have any caregiving experience? And I told him I did. I used to help take care of my grandmother. And so he gave me his card and he told me he was looking for a caregiver. I was his caregiver for one year, and from there it was nonstop.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to do your job as safe as possible, the bending and the kneeling. And just make sure you're not hurting yourself. Never put too much on yourself. Also, when you see something that's other than normal routine, like not taking medication and not eating, tell someone. Tell a family member. Tell whoever is at the work facility that you're working at. Just be on top of it and inquire about those things so you can kind of keep it in mind.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Gorda. That was her name. We used to call her Mrs. Gord. She was like a scrooge when I interviewed for the position. And it was so amazing to me because I never saw and older lady so mean, because my grandparents were so nice. So I thought there's no way that she's going to even like me. So, once they did call me for the caregiving position, I did take it. And she was just so mean every day. Every day, she had something to say and it wasn't nice. So later on I asked her, "Have you been out lately?" And she told me she doesn't go out.