Hi, my name is Lateseia. I live in San Pedro, CA. I've been a caregiver for 14 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because this is my passion and this is what I love to do, and I'm very dedicated person to the elderly. They are very fun to be around. When they're happy, when I'm happy, then I know my job is done.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is you have to be dedicated to this job. You have to have the patience, and you have to be dependable, and you have to make sure this is what you want to do, because this job can be difficult at times, especially when you're dealing with the elderly.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I will never forget, her name was Juanita. She was a bedridden patient and when I would get her dressed and cleaned up to get her out of bed, she would be trying to grab at me and fight me. And then when I'm finished cleaning her up and getting her dressed and getting her out of bed, she would be smiling, saying, "Thank you, honey. Thank you.