Hi, my name is Louis. I live in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and I have 20 years experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because at the age of 14 I worked as an orderly in Colorado at the Colorado State Hospital. From there, when I graduated from high school, I went to school and got my license as a psychiatric technician, and I worked for the state hospital in Colorado as a caregiver and a licensed psych tech. From there, I just continued my passion for caregiving and have worked in numerous jobs with numerous agencies as a caregiver for special needs, for developmental disabled, and for geriatric clients.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience, and also to have respect, and also dignity for the client you are serving. Treat that client like you would treat a family member, like your mother, your father, your brother, or your sister. Always look for helping them in any way you can to let them fulfill their independence as much as possible.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Mr. Bill. He was a political council member in the city of Los Angeles. I worked for him for approximately four years. During that time he introduced me to so many wonderful and educated people in the political world. He also was a veteran of the military, and he, with his witty humor and his loving nature, he opened his door to all the homeless veterans and all homeless people, taking care of them. He ran fundraisers. He passed bills. He was an extraordinary gentleman with extraordinary stories from travels all over the world.