Hi, my name is Paola. I live in Long Beach, CA and I have three years and a half of caregiving experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I just had a passion for helping others when they know that they can't do for themselves anymore. I applied for that three years ago and ever since I started doing it, I just loved it and I just really love what I do. I know a lot of people tend to say that, but I really mean it. I think the hardest thing about becoming a caregiver is not getting attached to your patients, because sometimes they get sick and they got to go. That's the hardest part, learning to just move on.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to just have patience, just leave your issues that you have with your family at home. When you walk into someone's home and you're walking into a new patient, always be joyful and happy and just try and lighten up their day and just really have a lot of patience, because some days it can be hard. Some days you'll be in a moody mood and there are days they will, and you just have to learn to just let it go. Just take a deep breath and start again.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Miss Barbara. Miss Barbara was such a funny lady. So funny, so humorous. She did need a little assistance, but not much. And so I was always in her business, always trying to make her laugh. Sometimes when she was grouchy I would give her candy, and she already knew. When I had that chocolate in my hand, she would wipe that frown upside down and she would smile, and we'd just start laughing. She would give me advice about life, about her marriage. She would talk to me about when she was younger, when her kids were growing up, her work, she always told me to-- something I never forget, "Never give up. Always have a smile on your face, and just keep going forward with life. Never let something big take a toll on you, and just go down. Always keep going forward." We would go on walks with Miss Barbara, I would take her to Walmart. We would-- just anything she wanted to do. I would take her to her doctor's appointments, to anything-- even though it was my job to do so, but I was just so excited when it was my days that I had to go see her, because I always had something good for her. And she had something good for me. She's one I will never forget, Miss Barbara.