Hi my name is Omowunmi. I live in Inglewood,CA and I have four years experience of being a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of family experience. I took care of my grandmother when she was ill, but she passed on. But she was in good condition because I took care of her and from there it became a passion for me to take care of people. Especially the elderly people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver is, number one, be passionate about your job. You need to be passionate-- you need to love something that you're doing to be able to go through it. Assisting elderly and physically challenged individuals is rewarding because you are taking care of people that need your love, and care, and support. So basically, the passion is number one and then you go through your training carefully and you go through the ethics of the company you're joining. You know what it takes to be a caregiver in an elderly home and be very diligent and also be very observant. And be as best as you can be and put in all your effort in the job.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Mr. Ray. Mr. Ray is a 94-year-old man. He had been in our company for two years and I was his one-on-one caregiver. Mr. Ray was bedridden. I had to do most of his stuff for him, or he has memory loss sometimes and he would say, Omo, go get me my computer. Go get me my bag and my hat, you're driving me to the office." He actually thought I was his secretary because he had memory loss and he would forget that he was in a care home. He will think that he was back in his house in northern California and he would just say, "Come on, we are going to work. Got to get to work. Don't be late." And I would be like, "Okay, Mr. Ray." I'll play along and then later I'll talk him through it and say, "No, more, Mr. Ray, you are no more in your office. You are now with us in this care home." And he would say, "Oh, bummer." And we'll laugh it through. We have all those moments that I will cherish forever. He's just like a grandfather to me and he will remain like a grandfather to me. Despite the fact that he's my client, I hold him very dear in my heart and that's what I really cherish and I will always keep that in my heart forever.