Hi, my name is Maria. I live in Poway, CA and I've been a caregiver for one year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because it's something that I have the passion to do. I love taking care of the elderly because I have the drive to be with them, to take them around to care for them, to put a smile on their face, to make them feeling happy, comfortable and safe in their home.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be that they should listen carefully to the person that they're taking care of. Understand them well, know their likes and dislikes so they can be compatible, they can understand what to do and know their dos and their don'ts. Be patient and calm. Have a smiling face at all times so that the person that they're caring for knows she's safe, secure and feels wanted, so that they can have a good experience.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I will never forget is Rhea. She's very cheerful, she's happy, she does need the adult care but she tells me funny jokes. She's always happy to see me. She's just really become very important to me and I really like being around her.