Hi, I am Megan. I live in Antioch, CA and I have been a caregiver for 2 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I just truly love caring for other people. I have always been drawn to caring for people and providing for them in the most simple ways of eating or practical cares that we all need, but also being a companion to them. I love providing the emotional and social support for people and it's just a great thing. I became a caregiver because my whole family works in the medical field and just watching them care for other people really inspired me to always want to care for other people and put people first because it's just really good being able to care for people. Hopefully in the future I'll be able to care for them.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
The advice I'd give to a new caregiver is just to relax and know that things are going to happen throughout your day that you may not have prepared for, but you are equipped and able to handle it. And to always keep learning, that's probably one of the best things is, with caregiving every person is different. Every person's needs are different. Every person's way of doing things is different and so just to always keep learning. And to make the job something that you're comfortable with and something that your client is comfortable with. It's a relationship between both of you and to learn how to make sure that you're taking care of them and that they are comfortable with you. And to just really be confident in what you're doing and just know that whatever happens you are the caregiver and you know what you're doing.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget is a patient that I had at the hospital at Stanford. He has Alzheimer's and didn't have the capability of feeding himself or really caring for himself and just he was so sweet and so excited. I had to help feed him and he was just so happy to get the food and was just so proud of it. And just that connection that I had with him even though he-- was feeding him his soft peas and all that he and I were still able to have a good time while taking care of him. And he was always very kind and very patient while I, the nurse, took care of him throughout the day. And he was always so appreciative and such a joy to be around. And then he also shared a lot of stories that he felt were happening then, but through them, I understood that they were stories of things that happened in his past. And it was just cool to hear those kind of stories about his wife, and his kids, and all his experiences as a young man growing up. And he was just so full of life still at the age of, I think he was 93. He was definitely a man that I will remember for a long time.