Hello, my name is Roddy. I have four years experience in caregiving. I live in Tarzana, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I'm a people person. I like being wanted, being needed, or things people can't do themselves, I can help them do, bring joy to their day. First, I started off with seniors that had intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities. So I have that experience as well. But, I just like being there for somebody that can't be there completely for themselves and I'm needed very much. I just like it so much.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, just be yourself. Just don't go in there thinking that you're the boss because you're not, especially if you're living in their house. And just make sure you know all your protocols, because you get put into situations where you need to know it, like your CPR, your first-aid, your procedure protocol, your fall risk, medications, anything that you may need to know, you will need to know. And just don't get scared if anything happens. And just be yourselves and just remember that you're there to provide the comfort and that's just about it and anything they need. You work for them. That's what I would say.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a female client that was at Rolling Hills. It was a nursing home. She was 102 years old and she could keep a conversation going just like I'm talking to the machine right now. And she just had so much wisdom. That was just the thing. She had stories for days, of course. That's the longest person I've ever seen living in my life and that's just something I'll never forget. She was a really nice lady. She had to warm up to me, but she was a good lady. I liked her. I miss her.