Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Natalie and I live in Vallejo, California. And I've been a caregiver for five months but I've been through a lot of experience within that time working with patients from retirement homes to in their home providing assistance when needed.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Out of all the clients I've worked for one person comes into mind, her name is Kathy. She's Alzheimer's on and off, forgetful, and she's always repeating what she wants to do and she's already done it. For example, the restroom. She wants to go to the restroom but she just came from the restroom two minutes ago so then I have to remind her. It's a constant reminding the individual of what their daily activities and what they've done. It's hard but I enjoy the individual, working with the individual. The most part of all is when I see her smile and she giggles and she asks for her book. And I would sometimes bring national kids, national geographic and I would sit there and show her pictures of all the animals and sometimes she'll know what it is. That's the enjoyment of caring for individuals.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
One piece of advice for an individual going into patient giving is having the patience and listening and just being a listener and see what they're wanting and having the patience to sit there and provide assistance and help. And also number one thing is communication. Make sure you communicate and if they forget just repeat your self and you will get a lot out of it.