Hi. My name is Rosemary. I live in Palmdale, CA and I've been a caregiver for 17 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a son who's disabled. He's 33 years old and also has a grandson who is also disabled. I got in this business because I know that we do need for someone to be there for the ones that we love, to make sure they safe and secure. And I love this job with all my heart.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to be compassionate. Always be on time, knowing that the person you're caring for is depending on you to be there on time. Have empathy, knowing that they are listening. They want to know that you care. And be a good listener as well. Not just there and just going in one ear and coming out the next. Be a good listener. Let them know that you are concerned about their needs, and their care, and their wants.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget name is Virginia. She lived in Laguna Hills. She was 93 years old. She was on hospice. And when it was getting close to her getting ready to take her journey out of this world into the next, she called me to her bedside and she told me, she said, "Rosemary, I bought you a house in Palm Springs." I said, "You did, Miss Virginia?" She said, "Yes." And she said, "It's a big house, and I want you to take care of it." And I said, "I will Miss Virginia." Then I paused and got quiet and they she responded. She said, "You didn't say a thank you." And I said, "Thank you, Miss Virginia." That is one of the most highlighted moments for me being a caregiver. That I will never forget.