Hi, my name is Megan. I live in Brentwood, CA and I have 2 and a half years of caregiving experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have always enjoyed helping others, and have always been great with children and people of special needs. And I would currently like to continue that path of helping others as much as possible, and be able to provide the quality care I would hope somebody would one day provide for me.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be - be prepared for ups and downs especially working with elderly because sometimes they don't quite remember what's going on around the surroundings. Or they get frustrated and impatient with themselves, and take it out on you due to their lack of understanding. And some have mental illnesses and further disability problems that you may or may not have further insight on and understanding of. Also I would advise that any new caregiver be prepared to definitely put your body to work for the support of the person in need whether it be physically or a strenuous activity that could cause your body to take a toll on itself. You need to make sure your body is in full, tip-top shape, and you health is at par because you could be affecting the person you are taking care of. Another thing that I would definitely recommend to a new caregiver is make sure you are getting into this field for the right reasons especially if you are looking for a good paying job - this is not it. This is more something for personal accomplishments, and a rewarding feeling. Something that you have a passion for, and enjoy doing on a day-to-day basis because in the end it will be worth more than your paycheck.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget is definitely one of my first patients in hospice care. She was a cancer patient and cancer survivor fighting for her life continuously. She never gave up. Was very determined, very sweet, down to earth woman. She was very admirable and humble. She would let you know when something was wrong, and be patient for you to resolve the situation. She had a lot of words of wisdom to share with me, and tell me a lot about her previous experience with other caregivers. And how she was dissatisfied, and give me advice on how I could grow or better assist her. And she definitely caused me to strive to be a better person, and have that inspiration in my life. Because if somebody of her age could continue to stay so positive, and have such a great outlook on life I wanted to be able to do the same. And if I could give her any sense of ease, or comfort, or just happiness, and make her life a little bit easier through the pain and discomfort that she was encountering it was all worth it in the end