Hi, my name is Marcella. I live in San Diego, CA and I have been a caregiver for three to four years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my handicapped grandfather needed a new caregiver at the time, so I chose to take the job of being able to care for him, clean, cook, run errands, take him to doctor's appointments and anything that he needed pretty much. He's also handicapped, so I had to help him get in and out of the car, put his wheelchair away, and I liked it because I got to spend more time with him and it was just nice to spend time with someone that I love and care for, I really enjoyed the job.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to get to know who you're caring for. If they have dietary restrictions or if they like things done a certain way, I would learn how to do those things so that you get it right, you learn over time and you can just have a better experience with that person because that can really make or break your job, if you don't do things the way that they like or the things that they need to be done for them, like maybe, be on time for their medication or things like that, knowing when things need to be done and having a sense of their schedule is like, things like that. So just getting to know them is what my advice would be.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Fernando. He's my grandfather. He's the only person I've ever cared for but aside from him being my grandfather, I think just being able to spend time with a person like that one-on-one is really nice because you get to know them and you can learn things from them. He was older than me, so he would tell me a lot of stories and just things that I feel were very helpful and just nice, good to know type of thing. My most memorable memory was-- he's handicapped. He doesn't have any legs from his knees down, so he always would make jokes when we would go grocery shopping or where ever we were with people and it was about his legs, he would be like, "Oh, watch my legs." but he didn't have any, so people would look down and they would start laughing. So always make the best out of your situation is something that I really learned and appreciate from him because it really does makes the best out of it. He makes people laugh and he doesn't want people to feel sorry for him, so I really admired that about him.