Hello, my name is Rudy. I live in Santa Maria, CA. And I have been a caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandpa actually has dementia and my uncle is handicapped. So, I decided to become a caregiver and apply my ABA tactics that I know within the psychology field to them, to help them better their life, to further better their life and their growth.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be just to be patient, to be very comfortable. Make sure the individual is comfortable. Be very supportive, enthusiastic, and to make sure you love your job.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is an 82 year old man named Tony. Tony actually had dementia. So, he remembered me half the time. But the other half the time, he was funny. He was always, always had a smile on his face. He was always laughing. And he was strong, very strong man. I remember one time walking into the cafeteria with him, an in-care home that I actually took care of him at, and he just looked up, didn't say one word, just smiled the whole time, and ate his food. Then, right then I knew that me and him were going to have a really strong connection because that was one of the first months I actually started working with him.