Hi, my name is Laticia. I've been doing home care for 5 years now, and I live in Richmond, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mom got sick. And I lived in Mississippi, and I moved to California to take care of her because she was sick. She ended up getting her leg removed, and she needed care, someone to take care of her for 24 hours for a couple of months. And then I ended up doing it as a part-time job, taking care of another senior male and his roommate. And then I ended up going further in it by taking care autistic adults and other people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, always pay attention to your client. Listen to them, even when they have a speech problem. Sometimes it's hard to hear them, but if you listen and give them what they need, then you'll have a good work relationship with them. But if you don't, it's not going to work. But I always found that the best thing to do is listen and pay very close attention to your client so you will know when they're going through something, and when they're not going through something, and when they need a little extra care or a little extra attention.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Matt, who was a autistic 16-year-old that was wheelchair-bound, and he couldn't talk. I had to feed him through a G-tube. But he was real smart and intelligent and understood a lot of things. And it always amazed me how he understood and could express himself without being able to talk. And he always just smiled and loved to listen to music. He was the best client that I had. It was just amazing how he would come across and give his views out without even being able to speak.