Hi, my name is Qualynda. I live in Oakland, CA and I've been a caregiver off and on for 10 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I enjoy helping and caring for others. I just recently used to take care of my grandmother when she had Alzheimer's. I used to cook for her, clean, clean up around the house as far as chores, bathe her, go take her to get her medication, take her back and forth to doctor appointments, et cetera. I enjoy caregiving and helping others. I'm a caring person and that's one of the reasons why I chose this profession.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would just to be dependable, reliable, detailed, and very attentive to the person that needs care.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Miss Betty. Miss Betty was a friend of the family that I was taking care of, and she was just very sweet and comical and wise and had stories for days. And she taught me a lot about life as far as her wisdom was concerned, and I really, really enjoyed my days of taking care of her.