Hi, my name is Larisa. I live in Redding, CA. And I've been a caregiver for eight years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I enjoy bettering people's quality of life. Having worked with the elderly and disabled it only enforces the reward that I gain from helping them achieve new accomplishments, become more independent, and have a healthier standard of living.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be that you should be doing the job because you enjoy bettering other people's lives, not your own. If you're doing this to better your quality of life that's not the right position that your heart should be in. People who need care require patience, understanding, diligence, and attentiveness. You must take the initiative where you see fit to guide them on how to have better living situation.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Sandy. I worked for her for three years after she had a stroke and watched her go from unable to do anything for herself, and living in a horrible condition, to living in a nice apartment, paying off all of her debt and fixing up her credit, financing new things to build her credit and make her quality of life better, getting out of academic probation and back in good standing at her college, and continuing with her degree even after all of her memory issues from her stroke. And getting off more medications and visiting less doctors since her recovery has improved. This has been the most rewarding experience that I've had in caregiving and it's been a joy to see her quality of life improve over the years. We've become great friends and we now live together.