Hi. My name is Sarah. I live in Gilroy, CA and I've been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I had to care for my grandmom, so after she passed, I decided to go ahead and change jobs.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be first off, to be ready to learn new things, new techniques, and be really really patient, especially when you have to deal with those people. You need patience.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Mrs. Glory. I started working for her when had depression. She had depression for years, so she hired me as a caregiver and then I started working with her and then we bonded and connected. When I was working, she would come beside me to listen to stories. I would tell her stories of where I came from, where I was born, my friends, my family, my education, my instructions, everything that revolves around my life. She was always willing to share her own, too. Before I stopped working for her, she started pushing herself like she couldn't do before. She started to be with family and friends. She was able to take care of her granddaughter, where she couldn't before because she didn't have strength to do anything. She started going to stores herself. I took her to hair appointments, all kinds of places that she couldn't do before. She was an active person by the time I left and fortunately she got out of the depression before I left. I had to stop working for her because I was in school so I had to. I needed to leave and it was a very good experience. When I left, she was sad. I was crying. She was crying because we really bonded so much. That is one client I will never forget.