Hi! My name is Regina. I live in Santa Maria, CA and I have 12 years experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my husband got cancer when we were very young. I became a widow at the age of 24, and I noticed that many people who were coming out of the hospitals didn't have people to care for them. He was at a care facility, a rehab facility, and a lot of the people who were getting discharged had no one, no family members to help them. So after he passed away, I decided that that would be my profession, was to help people live their golden years in their home.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to pay attention to the client. All clients are different. Have patience. Patience is key, and also to be open to learning new tips. We're always learning in this job. You can never get enough knowledge when it comes to providing excellent care for the clients.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Ms. Rosalind. Ms. Rosalind suffered from Alzheimer's dementia, and on a usual day she would not know her name or recognize her family members, but music would always bring her back. I could put on a song from Frank Sinatra, the music back in her time, and she would know every single word, every lyric, and it's amazing. It really was amazing to see her come back from that place where they go. Where they forget. She was very special. She was my very first Alzheimer's patient, and I learned very much from her.