Hi, my name is Ruth. I live in Pico Rivera, CA. I've been a caregiver for 12 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my own father and mother-in-law needed some care. My mother-in-law had just learned she had pancreatic cancer, then the very next morning of that diagnosis, my father-in-law woke up with full-blown Alzheimer’s .
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to be kind, to have compassion, to be patient, to learn of the duties that you have by writing things down, making sure that you follow the directions, of the family, and to be able to properly care for them. Just be loving to your clients and helpful to their families. And do all that you're entrusted to do. And if you don't have that heart, then this public job wouldn't be for you. But it would be a job that is rewarding, just to be able to help a family, to be able to help a client.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Velda, a sweet lady that I had the privilege of meeting and caring for, although I really do have to say that each client that I've had has been special to me. So it's really hard to pick one. But she's a very sweet lady that, even after I cared for her, after her family ended up putting her in an assisted living home, they allowed me to still keep that friendship.