Hi, my name is Lisa. I live in San Diego, CA and I've been a caregiver for 6 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because a friend of mine's mother, who was getting quite elderly and wanted to live in her home, she fell and they wanted someone to be in the home with her more permanently. She was all alone.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to try to stay professional and not to take things too personally, especially when a patient might be lashing out because of pain or anger.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget, her name is Leslie and the thing about her I will never forget is how resentful she felt about having to have a caregiver in her home when she had been so independent all of her life.