Hello, my name is Marylin. I live in Stockton,CA and I've been a caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I used to help my late mom before she passed early, so I was helping her and I've seen how important it was for her to have someone that she loved and someone that she could trust and rely on. At this point, every time that I see someone in need, all I have in my head is the feeling that my mom had and that's one of the reasons why I became a caregiver. It's also because I had to care about one of my best friend's child, who was really ill, they happen to actually move away but her mom was working and I was an in-home mom. I used to care for that child and he even started to call me mom because we were very close and because of their trust and love they still call me mom. It's just because of the fact that he trusted me and he was very comfortable and I just realized that I would like to care more for people. I like to put a smile on their face. That's one of the reason why I became a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be first of all to be very patient, loving and caring because of the fact that when you care for healing person, whatever the person's going through, even though whether the person is rude or complaining, the person doesn't do that on purpose, the person is doing that because they're going through something that really hurt him, he's in pain, so every single thing that you will be receiving or getting emotionally is coming from the client or loved one, you really have to be very patient, keep trying to love and make the person feel very comfortable.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I will never forget is Miss Reginia. She recently passed away. She was a very patient, passionate and funny woman. Most of all, she was very respectful. She will always give you compliments, she will always welcome you in her home and she was always ready to help you. She's like you walked in, and she was like, "Okay, how may I help you? Do you need me to give you something?" and I'm like, "No, Miss Reginia. I'm here to help you. I want you to relax, have a warm bath or shower." So she was very, very respectful. She'll make sure before she goes to bed to tell you, "Okay, if you need a blanket, I want you to go and help yourself. Make yourself at home." She is very passionate and welcoming person, I do miss her dearly and I will always have her in my mind. I'll think about her as one of my favorite clients.