Hi, my name is Megan. I live in El Monte, CA and I've been a caregiver for approximately four to five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandma had fractured her pelvic bone back in around 2014. She didn't feel comfortable with strangers taking care of her, helping with bathing and other personal situation. So I decided to go ahead and take some classes through IHSS and I personally took care of my grandma.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to always have empathy and compassion towards the people that you are helping. If they are not your family, always treat them as if they were your family. Always have patience. Sometimes you really need patience, especially because usually the person has health disabilities. They get frustrated, sometimes they get irritable or combative, but you have to maintain a professional stance as well as be patient and not retaliate and stay calm.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Penny. When I worked at Sunrise Senior Assisted Living, she was the sweetest lady, but no one would give her the time to actually know that she was the sweetest lady. She would usually give people an attitude. She was angry. She wouldn't speak to people because they would just come in and basically flip her over and just change her without introducing themselves or maintaining a conversation. And that just wasn't a very right for me because I feel like you need to preserve people's dignity and I wouldn't feel morally right about it.