Hi. My name is Sam. I live in San Francisco. I have two years experience as a medic in the Navy. I have eight years experience as a home caregiver previous and currently I have been working as a home care provider for one year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver when I was honorably discharged from the US Navy as a medic, and a retired surgeon contacted me and asked if I would come to his home and care for him through his terminal illness. I started that and did that for eight years, and that inspired me to continue the work later in life.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to practice patience, draw on your compassion for others and think about your movements before you do them. And never take anything personally, especially when someone is sick or feeling under the weather because that influences how a person acts.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Dorothy. She was a paraplegic, and one of the things that stands out to me is her attitude. She was the happiest person I believe I have ever met. She went through a lot of challenges in her life, and she is grateful for everything that is in her life, and she was an amazing person to watch and to learn from as I gave her care.