Hi my name is Melissa. I live in Fresno, CA. I've been a caregiver for 12 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I like taking care of people and I like helping people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
Any advice I would give to a new caregiver, it would be you need to be loving, caring, patient and have empathy, understanding and especially you need to look at your patient or your client as one of your loved ones, like your grandparents or your mom or dad, that you're taking care of.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I would never forget is Tony. He was kind, he was generous, he was unselfish. He reminded me of my uncle that I loved. He would always take me somewhere to eat. He would pay. He would always give me advice about life and we didn't have a patient/caregiver or patient relationship. It was more of a friendship.