Hi, my name is Sekaya. I live in South Sacremento, CA and I've been a caregiver for one year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I saw how difficult it was for elderly people and disabled people to go through body changes. It's really difficult when you get to a certain age, and your body starts shutting down. Some people believe that it's shameful to ask for help. But I believe that everybody needs help, even if they don't ask. And I'm always ready to offer that help because I'm happy to do so.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to always be understanding and compassionate especially to elderly people. Senior citizens are really cranky because they're often in excruciating pain, and they can be sour and grouchy. But caregivers should always understand that their body is shutting down, and it's not easy. When you're younger and you're able to do things, and now, you're older and you're not able to do things, it's really frustrating. So just be as kind, compassionate, and understanding as possible because it's really hard for them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget would be my neighbor. She was elderly. She was about maybe 72, and she had advancing Alzheimer's or dementia, I'm not clear which one. But she was very forgetful. And I would assist her in grocery shopping. I would take her grocery shopping, at least two to three times a week. And she would always forget what she bought, even though we made lists. I would help her make lists, and I kept all the receipts, so if she needed aspirin and toilet paper and dog food. But she would always buy in bulk. So every time we went back to the grocery store, she would buy the same thing, even though she didn't run out the first time we went. She just had stockpiles of bulk toilet paper, and Bayer aspirin, and dog food. And it was a little funny, but I mean, she never ran out. So it was harmless, harmless purchases.