Hi, my name is Misha. I live in Oakley, CA and I have 10 years experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver about ten years ago. I was really young, but it inspired me to care for the elderly because I cared for my grandmother. I took care of her and I just fell in love with it and I love to care for the elderly.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a caregiver would be to be patient, loving, caring, truthful, reliable, and just love to help elderly people. Help them to make them feel good about their self because sometimes I believe they feel kind of down and lonely and sometimes even hopeless, but if you've got the patience and the right kind of attitude to uplift that person, that will be pretty awesome.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
I had a client once named George, and he felt like he didn't want to live anymore. He felt like it was useless for him to be living here. He was about 90 something years old and he told me that all his friends and family basically died before him and he just was a little angry at God and why God hadn't took him. I just explained to him that, "You're blessed, be happy you're still alive. I know you're lonely because your friends and maybe most of your family have died out already, but you have a purpose still and it's not time for you to go."