Hi, my name is Marji. I live in Reseda, CA and I have been a caregiver for four years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because-- I originally started to help my mother out with her parents. They needed assistance. And I taught a sit-and-fit class at one of the places that they were residing at for quite a while, and then I just pursued to continue elderly care because I enjoy it and I think I'm really good at it.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be a very compassionate person, have a lot of patience and tolerance because a lot of times they have special needs that may not be so glamorous besides, you know, being able to be a companion to them where you can run errands with them, you know, take them out to what they need to do, spend time at home with them watching TV sometimes, you know, where you're just being a friend to them. A lot of times they need things that might not be real fun to do, but you have to have those qualities as well as a lot of caring and love to be able to do this type of job.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I'll never forget was Peggy back in the Barrio when I was working for her. She had taken a tumble down her stairs in her home along with the previous caregiver and actually broke her neck. And when I met her, she was recovering very well. And her and I used to go and do a lot of things, like do the senior center and attend movies, and she liked for me to take her out to lunch. And we had so much in common, oddly, that-- really enjoyed each other's company. So she became a really good friend, actually, for that while. She was very sweet, and she would always tell me that she hoped I'd never leave. And I just never, ever forgot her because she was really sweet. She also asked my husband and I to a Mother's Day gathering at the place that she was recovering at, and that was a lot of fun. We had a nice little lunch, and I met her daughter. And she was just a very, very sweet lady. I've never forgotten her