Hi, my name is Latricia, and I live in the city of San Francisco, CA and I have over 32 years of experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandmother was in the field, and as a little child, I watched her go off to work every day in her iconic nurse's uniform, and I just wanted to be like my grandmother. As situation would have it, she now has Alzheimer's, and I actually take care of her now. And I also took care of my mom before she died of cancer in 2010, so caregiving is in my blood, if you will.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to always listen to your client, to always have patient, and always remember to treat them with respect. That is very, very, very important. And to always, always be patient. That's the key. I can't stress that enough. Be patient and be respectful.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is my dear, dear friend Mildred. She lived to be 100 years old, and she was very lively, very witty, right up until the end, and I miss her. She actually passed away last year, and I miss her something awful. She was such a joy to take care of. Just a wonderful, wonderful woman, and such wealth of knowledge. Talking to her was like living history. She was fantastic. I miss her greatly.