Hi, my name is Lora. I live in Hawthorne,CA and I've been a caregiver for seven years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my aunt. She was diagnosed with cancer and when she become terminally ill, I was the one giving her a bed bath, sponge bath. I was changing her diaper. I was the one with her, even before she passed. So after that, I started working as a caregiver and up until now, I'm working with dementia patient.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, be yourself and always prioritize your client or your patient, especially their safety. So always put them first, whatever will make them comfortable and whatever will make them feel safe, always go on that route and treat them as their family. Take care of them how you will take care of your family because they're not just clients. Sooner or later, you get attached and you treat them like your own.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget would be Antoinette. I was with her for two years and I learned so much from her. I think she was around 86 or something and she was in a lot of pain, but she's this person that even though she's in pain, she would still smile and that's one thing that I admired so much from her because she has a very positive outlook in life. That's one of the things that I've learned from her is that even though things are hard, even though things are painful, there's always a good thing, there's always a good side of it and that's how she is. I remember she would make jokes about how her eyes-- because her right eye, she's blind on her right eye, so she has a patch on her eye and she would always make jokes about it and how she can't go out because people would think she's a pirate, things like that. I mean, at her age and with what she's going through, she still was able to smile or laugh about things.