Hi, my name is Monica. I've been a caregiver for a year and six months now, and I am from Pasadena, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I did live with my grandma for a year, and she had dementia and Alzheimer's. After that, I decided to care for her, take care of her, and it was hard for me, but I was very patient with her changes, with her new ways. From there, I wanted to become a caregiver and help other grandparents, other seniors that need the help that I can actually have an experience and help.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, building companionship with your client, be happy all the time, positive, motivate your client, take them out to a whole new world, just make them so happy. That was my passion just seeing someone happy helping them. That's what I recommend to a new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Fred. We had an awesome experience together. He taught me how to speak Italian. I distracted him in many things. My goal was to motivate him and to push him out there since he was closing up and stuff. And I wanted him to have that smile again, and I managed to do that by just exposing him to a new world, to a new facility, to a new place where he can be happy, and he won't have to be upset all the time from being home or stuff like that. I would take him on walks and we'll have dinner together, eat breakfast, lunch. We'll do many fun things just to keep him out of that facility and to just distract him. And I'm gonna always remember Fred.