Hi, my name is Shanell. I live in Oakland, CA and I have been a caregiver for 3 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandmother had lung cancer and that was in '99. And I stopped and I started back three years ago because my mom was diagnosed with COPD, so that encouraged me.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be is to go in as loving and caring as possible.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is named Sonny. He has Parkinson's disease, but you will never think that he does. You can tell that he has trouble with walking, but he is a fighter and he keeps going. He's very funny and he has a very good attitude.