Hi, my name is Quincee. I live in Oakland, California, and I have been doing caregiving for about eight to nine years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I truly appreciate the simple things in life and with elderly people, or with younger children, they teach you a lot. There”s been a study that I’ve been reading up on with elderly people that if they interact with children or people in their mid-twenties to early thirties, it reduces their risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s. And I like the idea of that, to highly reduce those issues for senior citizens.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be, be yourself, don’t be shy, and don’t hold back. They want to see what you can do, how you are. And a lot of elderly people just want that companion and compassion.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is a patient that I had maybe about a year or so ago. He was a bedridden patient and he couldn’t talk, but the way he communicated was by blowing kisses, giving angry faces, or saluting you because he was in the Air Force when he was younger. He was just an amazing patient.