Hi. My name is Paige. I live in Vallejo, CA and I've been a caregiver for 5 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mother had multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. So she was very dependent. She was incognisant most of the time. And she had caregivers that would not show up, and when they did show up, they would give her very poor care. And that really inspired me not only to take care of my mother but to provide others with the care they really deserve and really just gave me an idea of what people really need. And that inspired me to become a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to really listen to your patients or clients. Everybody is different. Every one person needs different care and needs different things from you. So my biggest successes have always been when I've listened to what someone needs from me and what they like and what they dislike. So that'd be my advice to a new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Miss Virginia. She was one of the first people that I ever worked with, and she was just the most heartwarming, genuine person. She did have Alzheimer's, so there were times when she would be angry, but she loved root beer floats. So anytime she would get upset or agitated or confused, I would make her a root beer float. And as soon as she saw her root beer float coming, her whole entire face would light up. And it just made me feel so good knowing that. No matter what was going on, just that little piece of her childhood would automatically calm her down and make her feel safe and comfortable again. And I'll absolutely never forget it - everything that I learned working with her and what an amazing woman that she was.