Hello! My name is Robyn and I live in Murrieta, CA. And I've been a caregiver for 15 plus years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver after I worked in a day program for the Arc of San Diego. I worked there from 1990 to 1999. And I also worked for Home Of Guiding Hands which I started in 2007 to 2016. But in between, I worked such a home family care. Been working with the elderly with personal needs, feeding, and errands. And I've just continued throughout. I also worked for IHSS working with the elderly. And I really enjoy my job. And I also worked in private homes. So, I really enjoy my job and caring for the elderly and assisting them with everyday living. Thank you.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to listen and hear what the client is asking of you. Then you respond and make sure that they're in a safe environment. And be patient, willing to do any task that is required of you to do, and make sure they're safe. And be at their side to keep them safe.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is, I worked at a group home and I got to know the client. And I was at other homes working, and I happened to go back to that house for some overtime. And he couldn't say my name, he couldn't pronounce my name, but he named me. And so I said, "Okay." So I hadn't seen him probably like around three years, and I went back, and he heard my voice. And he was blind, couldn't speak. But he heard my voice and I noticed his head jerk a little bit, like he knew that voice. And so I would be, "What's my name? What's my name?" And he would say another name. I said, "Nope. That's not my name." And then towards the evening, it got a little later, and I said, "What's my name?" And he said that name. And I went, "Oh my God. You remember me." And that made me feel so, so good and special inside. We just had this bond. He loved music. I love music. And I would never forget that, that moment when that happened.