Hi, my name is Lydiah. I'm a caregiver for 12 years. I live in Anaheim, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I took care of my parents. Both parents were sick. My father was sick with prostate cancer, then my mother became sick with heart disease, and I was able to take care of them. And actually, that's when I came to know, or to love, doing caregiving.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to give or to give joy to the client, to help them live a day at a time with the full joy, and to enjoy their life every day, and to see that they have life to live. And also, being a companion means that you are working together with them. They enjoy you being there. They enjoy you giving what you're giving without pushing them. You work with them at the safe pace.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget was called Peggy. Peggy loved to dance, and so she was waiting for me to come, but when we danced together, and I was taking her hand, and we were dancing, she could not stand by her own. She could not come out of the bed, but she was waiting for me. The first thing before she took the breakfast, she was calling me-- my name, and she was telling me, "I'm waiting for you. I'm ready to dance." And so I would go in there. We were dancing that morning before she went to take her breakfast. And so she's the one who introduced me to the Dancing with the Stars. We were enjoying-- we connected. Even on the day before she died, we also danced. She died, and I felt I was affected. We had that connection.