Hi, my name is Bob. I live in San Diego, CA and close to 13 years experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of a loved one who suffered from paraplegia beginning in 2001 until she passed away in 2010. And then, I retired from my job working in that fashion in 2013, but I thought with all my experience caring for her, this would be a good way to work after my retirement. I'm working like 25, 30 hours a week. I could give back to the community this way.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to get all of the family background, all of the individual background that's required, the situation of care that's needed, and to have a lot of patience and understanding and empathy. And also, try to get as much of the family feedback as possible along with the client, and try to be interactive with the client. Things that they want to do, or they like to do. Maybe a couple of things they haven't done yet, if they're open for it. Things like that.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget was my loved one who, even though was suffering so much, including mental problems, physical problems with paraplegia and mild schizophrenia, was patient with the care, understanding everything that she went through, not to make her go through that. Her doctor who had such a great relationship with her that at her funeral she actually came and spoke about her. She's somebody, with all the problems that she had to understand her situation, was very inspiring for me.