Hello, my name is Kye Burton. I live in Los Angeles, CA. I've been a caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because taking care of my grandfather inspired me to want to help others in need. Also, seeing my mother working as a RN inspired me to want to be in the healthcare field, in every way.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a caregiver would be having patience. You have to have patience working with different types of clients whether they have a mental disability or a physical disability. You have to have patience. Also, knowing how to multi-task is also a big deal. You might have to do multiple things at one time. As in if you're cooking for your client, and your client has to use the restroom, and needs help wiping, you have to know how to make sure the food is okay, run and help the client to get cleaned up, and coming back. Or, say if the client has to take a shower. Knowing how to give them a shower, and multi-tasking, doing different things at one time. Making sure that they're not going to fall, making sure that they're also getting clean at the same time.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My most memorable client is Regina M. When I think of her, I think of someone who was very happy, very needy and also, very good spirited. Regina loves to talk. She loves to talk about her past. She loves to tell me things that she likes to do. I take her to the park all of the time. And we sit there and we talk about her mother, her father, how things were back in the day. When she talks about her memories, her face lights up. It's very heartwarming. And it makes me feel good, the fact that I can bring that out of her. And she's very funny, also. She likes making jokes. She likes learning new things, also. She had a stroke not too long ago and it kind of impaired her from doing certain things. But I'm the one who helps her get that strength back.