Hello. My name is Rose. I live in South Pasadena, CA I have 2 years paid experience as a caregiver and several decades as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because taking care of my family, my elderly mother and my big disabled sister, is an important, incredible part of my life, and I wanted to learn as much as possible about taking care of them, and I'm very happy to be a caregiver, paid or unpaid.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to not simply be patient but to have the awareness to understand that someone is in a vulnerable position, and that every day that you are with them, or night, you're there to really monitor where they are in their life, how they're feeling. Awareness is really key. Patience and awareness is really key, but to not take anything personally because they're going through something that maybe you're not familiar with. It has really sometimes nothing to do with you, the mood or the feeling that they might be in. It's important to know, to have a feeling of where they're at and to really not take it personally as it has anything to do with you as much as it's about them. It's really about them and where they're at and what they can teach you, but who they are and what they like and what's going to work for them. Be open, be aware, be patient, and remember that it's not personal. Have some resilience because sometimes somebody's going through a really tough time, and it's just best to remember that, that it's about them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget or I will always remember, her name was Gladys. She's passed on now, but she was in a wheelchair, and once I had locked the brakes, and I turned around and she had unlocked the brakes, and she was in a part of her house that had a little bit of a dip. I turned around, and she was trying to get herself mobile towards it, and she said, "Don't worry, dear. I can take care of it." And I said, "No, no, no, no. I don't want you to do it." I tried to stop her, and then she looked at me and she said, "Well, I beat you to it, all right? I beat you to it." I think it's just the way she said it. She just wanted to be independent, but I had to really watch her. She had such a wonderful attitude. Just a great lady, and that's what I love about working with older people. They have such incredible stories and history, and she just had this spirit. Any little thing she could do to kind of be rebellious or independent, she would do it. Anyways, she was really special.