Hi! My name is Necole. I live in Alameda, California and I have about three years experience of professional caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was volunteering my time as a homemaker with an elderly neighbor who suggested that I get with an agency. This has been many years ago. I started with an agency and enjoyed learning, enjoyed various clients, enjoyed being a companion, enjoyed being a personal care provider. I enjoyed it so much.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, always greet your client with a smile and remember that you're there to help. Be patient and listen. That way when you hear what the client needs, you're able to fulfill that need or at least do the best that you can.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My most memorable client that I will never forget was an elderly man who was diagnosed with dementia. I was a new caregiver and part of his regiment was to go for a walk. Therefore, we had to put a belt on him and walk with him around the block. Somehow, he got out of his belt as we were looking at flowers or something at another yard and he got away from me. This man, 80 something years old, started walking so fast I had to almost sprint to catch up with him. Finally, I caught up with him and ushered him back towards his house. He said, "Oh, do you mind going over there in that drawer and give me that book please?" Which was a memorabilia book. It was all dusty in the drawer. As we opened up this book, why it was so heavy was because he had medals in it. He had trophies. He had medals in there from the Olympics. He was a speed walker and he never forgot how to speed walk. So I was so intrigued and he reminded me to do what you love.