Hi, my name is Sally. I live in Murrieta, CA and I've been a caregiver for one year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was inspired by taking care of a loved one. I took care of my grandparents when they were a little bit older. They needed help being around their house, so I decided to look over them and support them with every need. I went to work every day and I hustled for them, to make sure that I had enough money to support my grandparents. Also, every time after work, I would help them with bathing, cleaning around the house, taking them to their doctors' appointments or anywhere they needed to attend. And I was so inspired by this career, and I decided to continue this, and show as much support to anybody else that needed the help, and I would be there for them.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to be very passionate about this career. You want to be sure that every day you wake up, you're looking forward to giving others help and support. You want to be very passionate about this career because you want to get motivated every day. You want to show how much interest you have, and not go to your job and look miserable and be miserable. The reason why you work is to have fun and actually love what you do. Love who you work with. Love who you work for.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Martha. I really enjoyed spending my evenings with Martha. We would always be there at her house. I would always be watching over her, and I really enjoyed the time I spent with her. I remember one day when I was at her house taking care of her. In the mornings, I woke her up, and I decided to make a really nice breakfast. So that day, I made her a really nice breakfast, and I brought her out to the dining table, and I was just talking to her for hours. And I really, really did connect very good with her, because we had a really deep conversation about her life.