Hi, my name is Matilda. I live in El Sobrante, CA, and I have 10 years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver after I finished college. That was in Minnesota. And a caregiving job was the only job that was available at the moment. After working in the nursing home and in a group home, I started enjoying helping people. I feel that when I'm helping somebody my life becomes more meaningful.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be-- first of all you have to learn, or practice, your patience. So, patience, being on time, being respectful, and treating every individual as a different person because different people react differently to the same care. So, just remember that.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is the client who had dementia. I wasn't told that the client had dementia and so when I went into his home I found him seated reading the newspaper and so we started speaking normally. And all of a sudden he stood up, and he started yelling and said he doesn't need my help. Then he told me he can help himself, and then he started taking toothpaste and eating toothpaste and I didn't know exactly what to do. But I stepped out of the bathroom, and I started thinking, and I called my supervisor who told me that the client has dementia. Because I didn't know what was going on. So, from that point on I was able to "redirect" the client and everything went on well thereafter.