Hi, my name is Ramona. I live in San Francisco, CA and I have been a caregiver for about a year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have family members that are very sick, I have children of my own, and I just feel I think I would be great at it. I like helping people. Learning process for me as well as for them. It's just a great opportunity for me. I feel I could be great at it and I think I could help a lot of people, I really do. I've worked with a few older people before and I enjoyed the experience, so I just want to continue and see if I'm going to be good at it or not.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, just have compassion for the individual you're taking care of. This opportunity is a great one to be in because you're learning a lot as well as you're learning from the person that you're taking care of because they have a lot of wisdom that they can teach you things, and you can teach them things. You just have a great relationship with somebody you just never known. And it would just be a great opportunity to be a part of helping someone that needed help and they're helping you in the end as well. Just have compassion, love, respect, open heart. It's a great opportunity.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my Dad. We found out he had Parkinson's almost three years ago, and when he was first diagnosed, well then he was in a really bad accident it terrified us all because we thought that he passed away because of the way we heard was like, "Oh, your dad's in an accident, he's not responding," and everything, and scared the mess out of everybody. But helping him recover from the accident and then finding out he had Parkinson's and helping him through going to physical therapy, and to doctors appointments, and taking his medication. Just helping him rebuild his body again, it's been insightful.