Hi! My name is Priscilla. I live in Temple City, CA and I've been a caregiver for about two to three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my father is 78 years old. I had to leave my previous job to take care of him. He was going through some illness, and I just feel like I know a lot about the elderly patients. And I'm a nursing student, and I feel I can make a big difference just with all the knowledge and experience I have.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be you need a lot of patience. Just have a lot of patience with them and just kind of give them their space. Don't treat them like a baby. Just to try to help them as much as you can. If they don't want to be helped, then just kind of tell them that you feel like there's nothing wrong with just getting a little bit of help. And people are so used to being independent all their lives. And a little bit of help, they don't like sometimes. So, I would just say be patient and just kind of take it day by day.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is one that I had that appreciated every single little thing I did. "Good morning, Priscilla. Thank you so much, Priscilla. I really, really appreciate everything you're doing." And it feels nice to know that someone appreciates you and knowing that you just have good intentions with them and you just want to help them. So I did have one specific that needed a lot of help, and he really appreciated it and kept calling my last job and his daughter. "Oh, my God, Priscilla's so good. She's so nice to me." Yeah, I won't forget about him. It really felt nice.