Hi, my name is Lydia. I live in Yucca Valley, CA and I have been a caregiver off and on for probably about five to eight years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mom had diabetes and high blood pressure and she ended up having some strokes and needed some care so I took care of her for quite a few years reading labels for diabetic care and helping her with diabetic care. As well I cared for a friend's grandmother who had dementia and Alzheimer’s. I cared for her for about a year until it was time for her to be put into a home as she forgot who most of us were.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient. To be very, very patient. To be alert to be there for them right behind them, right beside them, next to them, as close as possible. Very attentive of attention to detail is very, very important. Just be alert, be there, and naturally be patient.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Lian. I worked with him for almost a year. He was a 92-year-old World War 2 Veteran. He was one of the best clients I've had. We had a great connection. We had a great rapport between us. He had diabetes and he was considered legally blind. I would read to him and we would do crossword puzzles. He would give the answers I would fill them in. I took him for errands. He loved going to Jack In The Box. He had to get the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich. I would take him to his doctor's appointments and he had eye appointments where they would stick needles in his eye and he would always tease me that it was more fun for me to watch than it was for him.