Hi, my name is Lekeshia. I live in Newport Beach, CA. I've been a caregiver for 12 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandmother got very ill 20 years ago and she was diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer's. So I kind of took it upon myself to take care of her and it's just something I've been doing ever since. I was younger when that happened with her, but I've always kind of leaned towards that field of work so I enjoy it. I enjoy helping people. It makes me feel good as a person and I'm a people's person, so it works out. That's how I became a caregiver, because of my grandmother.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to do your best. Treat people how you would like to be treated if you were in their shoes and you just want to do the right thing. You want to be the best that you can be in this line of work. Everybody gets old, and I want to live to get to be an older lady someday, and I would love for someone to care about me and treat me the way that they would treat their own loved one, because with this type of work, it's serious. It's something that you can't do for the money. You really have to enjoy it. And I enjoy it. You be the best that you can be. You help in all the ways possible. You treat them how you would want to be treated. If you go off of that model, you'll be just fine. Treat your client or the resident or just the person who needs care the way that you would want to be treated, the way that you would want a caregiver to treat your family member, if the shoe were on the other foot.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget is Miss Gloria. She's a sweetheart. I really became close with her. I was like her companion actually. She passed away a week ago and I had been with her for a little over a year and she was just a blessing, a really great little lady and I miss her. We got close, we had good times, and she loved to go out and do things and she also loved to sit around at home, watch TV or knit or do her thing. She's truly missed. She's a good client. She was a good client and it's hard. I don't even know what to say, she was really good. I'll just say, Miss Gloria she's really, really nice and I know that I'll be blessed with another client as nice as she was, because she was great but, life goes on and now it's my turn to help out someone else new, someone else needs my help out there.