Hi, my name is Kyle. I have been a caregiver for three years, and I live in Oceanside, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was unsure what I wanted to do with my life. Went to college for a little bit and I was a philosophy major and I really couldn't nail down what I was going to do with that degree. I knew that I liked the idea of caring for people doing something meaningful.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to listen to the family and ask a lot of questions. Make sure that you know all of the details of the job and be patient and really take care to look at the care plan. Every case is different. Some patients like you to talk with them and play cards and different things, little social things. Some like to be left alone. There's all these little tiny things with turning and ambulation and toileting, and all of that different stuff, that depending on what ailments that client may have, you want to cater to their needs specifically. So you need to pay attention and you need to really develop a very intimate relationship with your client and work very closely with the family. And that would be my advice.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my first client that I had. She was 98 years old, and I should say 98 years young. She was just so strong and so kind, and definitely the most kind, gentle person I've ever met. I was a live-in caregiver at the time, and I was inspired by the way that she would wake up and do her routine every morning, and she would have her tea and her hard-boiled egg, and she would feed the hummingbirds, and she would say "Hi" to the neighbours when she was still able to walk around the neighbourhood.