Hi, my name is Krystina, I live in Yuba City, CA and I have been a caregiver for 5 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I really enjoy interacting with others, and I've always been a people person, and I've always been good with different personalities. Also, I had to help out with a family of friends. Grandpa that was very close to me that was like a grandpa to me as well and helping him was very rewarding and fulfilling. And if brought a lot of happiness to me and also made me realize why my mother, that's a nurse in the medical field, loves her job. I also saw how happy she is doing that and it inspired me to try the medical field also. I really truly do like getting to know different personalities and hearing different stories of past experiences especially from the elderly and see the impact they have created for themselves, and their theories and their stories about how things are and how they are now. And I also like to learn from them and they can learn from me. And it's just really natural for me and it's just always been something I've always been good at.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to eat healthy, exercise, and always make sure you're in the correct state of mind, and that you're well, calm, and collected before taking care of anyone else. Also, to be very open to different personalities you're going to come across and to ask questions if they need something. And to always ask before you do anything, such as, if you're going to give them a shower don't just take their clothes off. Always communicate and treat them as you would want yourself to be treated. And to just always put yourself in their shoes. And don't get upset and to really try to see why, or how, and what's important them, so you can be the best caregiver and give them the best that you can.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
So a client I will never forget, I've had Mr. D, that used to be an attorney and he was actually very smart. Unfortunately he had Dementia, basically, he was coming in and out of it. And he was just so adorable, the things he would say were just so cute. He was very loving and very knowledgeable. I always thought it was cute when he would start talking back how he used to when he was a lawyer, some of the stuff he would say. And I would play along with him because he was just so cute. And I really enjoyed that.