Hi, my name is Patricia. I've been a caregiver for over 28 years, and I live in Long Beach, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver, because I've been taking care of my grandmother, my mother and it inspires me and it's a passion for me to take care of other.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to not to take it personal. When you're sick, you're not really thinking. You're really sick. And don't take it personal. Have passion for whatever you do and give love. And if you talk to a person with respect, they will come back at you with the same, even if they're sick. Even if a sick person is dillusional, and you treat them with kindness and with everything you have, you will get a different response versus what the next person tells you. So my best advice for a new caregiver is talk to a person, let them know your name, let them know what you're doing to them, let them know who you are, and then they'll really give you a good, good, good reaction, a good reaction.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
I had a client, and she lived in Rialto, CA. I treated her so good, and she told me it was a hospice situation. Her husband, it was hospice, and her husband had passed away. And after he passed away, she said, "You know? You sat with me the whole entire time, and not one time you complained." And you know what the last thing she said to me? "What can I do to you to make your life different?" And you know what I told her? I said, "If you ever get sick, treat people the way you want them to be treated, the way you want to be treated," and that goes a long way, because when my mother got sick, and my grandmother got sick, they always told me - they were nurses - it comes back on you, when you're sick, and you don't know what's going on. You want that karma. I believe in karma.