Hi, my name is Linda. I live in Oceanside, CA. I have about 20 years experience in caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I wanted to change jobs, and I took a home health and CNA at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA. And then, I took care of my mom for 13 years, but I took care of other people in between. I really like helping people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to listen to the person that you are caring for. They will tell you their needs instead of you trying to guess what's happening. Read books, maybe go to school if you can, and just love.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget name is Mary. I first moved to Oceanside, and I needed to have a job. So I looked on to a senior center, and I found this card thing. I would look at companions. And so that was on Tuesday, and I had an interview on Wednesday. And Saturday, I moved in, and Sunday, she had a stroke on Mother's Day. So that was a whirlwind introduction into becoming a caregiver. I learned really fast. I talked to doctors, I read books, I listened to other people and found out all the things about stroke patients and when to visit or talk to other people. And that was a memorable experience. And then I got to take care of my mom, and that experience I will never forget.