Hi, my name is Queenisha. I live in Rocklin, CA and I have 5 years of experience of being a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was caring for one of my loved ones, which is my mother. She passed away six years ago. I took care of her until her last days. and then I'm also a caregiver for children. I have a daughter of my own as well, so I am very, very passionate about being a caregiver and taking care of people. It just makes me feel happy that I can take care of someone and make them feel more independent as possible. So it's really exciting, I love it! I love it. Very exciting.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver will be is to be professional and make sure that you are wearing proper gear, which is proper equipment. Make sure you have a gate belt on. Be safe at all times, because you are taking care of someone and sometimes it requires lifting and pulling and getting up, so make sure that you are doing the proper procedures to take care of someone. Be happy, enjoy it, feel good about it and be excited and just be you. Be the person that you are and just love what you do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Barbara. She is an amazing lady, very sweet, very humble, and very outgoing but she has a disease called supranuclear palsy, where your body just shuts down. You can no longer speak, no longer move, walk, and talk. You're just basically in bed the whole time, and you're relying on caregivers to assist you, move you, assist you in the bathroom, and everything, just a full requirement. She just stayed so humble and so sweet and so meek, that's the part I love about her. She was a teacher so we used to put our finger in our hands and we just spell out in alphabetical order on how to get her word out. If she wanted us to water some plants, if she just wanted to say, "I love you," we spelled that out to her. It took a lot of patience, a lot of patience and understanding. She has to be patient with you, and I have to be patient with her, so it took a lot of us working together as a team. It was amazing! Sometimes I feel her frustration on how she felt, when she got impatient, and she also felt mine as well, and we just laughed and smiled and enjoyed it. She's a very sweet lady. She passed away December 24th and it was very emotional, but what I realized on the days that she has gone is that she was happy. She was a happy woman, and she just enjoyed life. She told me to just enjoy life and just make better decisions. That just made me feel good as a person. So that's what caregiving taught me, and that's what Barbara taught me, and I will never forget that. It's just amazing being a caregiver. It just gives me so much wisdom and so much advice in the world.