Hi! My name is Rachel. I live in Carlsbad, CA and I have one year of caregiving experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I get a lot of fulfillment from spending time with and caring for people, and getting to know them, and seeing them happy and well taken care of, and making a situation that might not be that great for them much more enjoyable and pleasurable. And also, the family members of the people I'm caring for know that their loved one is taken care of, and loved and treated like a human being with dignity and respect.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient and really take your cues from the person that you're caring for. Getting to know them maybe you'll understand what triggers make them uncomfortable, and what schedule they need to be on. Like I said, most important thing is just don't rush them, and understand that you are there to be in their space and their time, and whether you're rushed or your late or you're trying to get onto the next task, you need to stop and understand that this is all for that person. Everything else can wait as long as that person's needs are being taken care of at that moment and how they prefer to be taken care of and treated.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is one that I'm currently caring for in memory care. She is advanced stage of Alzheimer's and a lot of triggers and you really have to understand who she is and when she can be a approached. And I actually have been able to get her toileted, and with her cooperation, and understand and talking to her, even though there's not a lot of conversation per se going on. I take cues from her tone of voice, the inflection when she's talking, and that really help.