Hi, my name is Mary. I live in South San Francisco, CA and I've been a caregiver for ten years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I helped take care of my grandmother when she became sick. Also, I come from a long line of caregivers, my grandmother when she was younger, my mother and also my cousin. Also being born a person with health issues themselves - I was born premature, So I was born with a heart condition and I've always enjoyed helping others. It's something I really enjoy doing. Everyone, I feel at some point needs help and I just enjoy being that person to give it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience, to try and understand the needs of your client as best as you can and ask questions. Every client is different, so they all need different types of services and they have different needs. Just be passionate about it. It's not for the faint of heart. It has to be something that you really enjoy doing and have fun. Think of them as your loved ones and how you would want them to be treated.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget would be a client I had by the name of Miriam. She loved flowers, she loved her dog, we would go on walks and she would pick certain flowers, tell me about them and the meanings of them. We would go to dog parks and play with her dog. Miriam was very warm-hearted and caring. She didn't have too much family that was still living. Her husband had passed away and she just really didn't have anyone and me being her caregiver and thinking of her as my grandmother, it just really showed me how, even though she was elderly, that she still had that fire in her and she just needed someone to come and bring it back to show her that she wasn't alone. I really enjoyed my time with her. I'll never forget her. She was the sweetest lady. She was just special.