Hi, my name is Melin. I live in North Hollywood, CA and I have eight years of experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mother needed help. She was in her 80s when I started taking care of her. I basically provided her meals, took her to the doctor, made sure she is safe, made sure she ate right and she did her exercises, and tried my best to keep her happy and engaged. And currently, I take care of my brother who has heart failure. He need extra help in doing the same tasks, doing his housekeeping, preparing his meals, taking him to the doctors, and overall making sure he's safe and happy.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to make sure that the patient is safe and also is following the directions of the nurse and the doctors as to whether he's supposed to do the exercises or eating and taking medication. Just overall, I would say safety is number one.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget, of course, is my own mother, who I cared for her for over eight years. And I felt it was really a very rewarding experience. Especially, that I take all the things that she enjoyed the most, taking her on little trips, just being there for her, having wonderful conversations. Her happiness, I guess, was very, very important to me and I think that actually helped in prolonging her life. And a lot of that she could see coming from her own daughter being there for her whenever she needed. It's something that I am grateful that I had the opportunity to help her and make her feel happy. And tried my best to make sure that she lived as long as she can. And to me, that's the experience that I took care of my own mother. I remember her every day.