Hi, my name is Laquesha. I've been a caregiver for 8 years and I live in the city of San Clemente.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver due to my mother. I took care of her for 8 years and I also have a daughter with autism and ADHD but very high functioning. My mother was a type 2 diabetic, had congestive heart failure, as well as going through dementia.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to have compassion, understanding, and be willing to listen. Be very observant to the patient that they're working with. You have to get to know the patient that you're working with as well and very much be friendly and family oriented.Show that you really care. It does help out a lot. It makes a patient feel comfortable and know that they'll be taken care of.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I'll never forget is when I worked in an assisted living as well as my mother. The time that I spent with both ladies really was a blessing. With my mother, of course, because that was more personal to me. With the other patient that I worked with, I enjoyed spending the time with her because other caregivers couldn't get close to her. She wouldn't allow that, and a plus was that I was able to find out from my neighbor's daughter what her likes and dislikes were just to get close to her. She didn't have to feel that she was in this place alone. Her family was at a distance but she needed to know that someone cared about her needs and made her feel comfortable.We ended up building a nice little friendship, and I gained her trust.