Hi my name is Rachel. I live in Lincoln, CA. I've been a caregiver for over 10 years plus.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver several years ago, and although I actually worked at a convalescent hospital, oh, that was 20 years ago. However, I got back into the caregiving area when my mom became ill and I took care of my mother, and she's passed now, and I kind of stuck with it. I enjoy careiving it's very rewarding to me in many different areas.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be that it's very rewarding field to be in and just to be strong and be flexible that you're going to see a lot of things you're probably not ready for and that just know that you're helping someone in the last years of their lives to make it more fulfilled and happy and find that as a reward in your heart.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is Gloria, and it's most memorable for different reasons, mostly because of family that surrounded her with so much love and respect. She was suffering from Alzheimer's and severe Alzheimer's, but yet sometimes you could see a light in her that would shine and she would be coherent again and remember things. But it was an eye-opening experience to what how our body's change, our mind can change, and you just never know what's going to happen. And it's kind of a scary thing, but the way the family handled the situation I thought was just amazing, and she was the first person that popped into my head when that question was asked, but it's a very severe situation. We couldn't have religion in there or anything like that. She didn't recognize herself and she'd get scared. It was just kind of a-- it was an extremely sad situation, but yet she was very loved and taken care of very well, and I learned a lot from that experience with her, and to be in that position to help somebody else and that their family trusted me to take care of their mother meant a lot to me.