Hi, my name is Shannon. I have been a caregiver for family and friends for ten years. I have worked independently for four, and I live in Hollister, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a loved one that was battling cancer and I wanted to help them through that. In turn, I found it to be very satisfying and I wanted to be able to help more people feel confident through different things that they may be struggling with in life, whether it be old age, disease, different things like that. So it's just something that comes naturally to me, so I have just taken it on as a position. I enjoy working with others.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to any caregiver would be compassion, having compassion for others, looking at things from somebody else's shoes, and just empathy. Empathy and compassion are the two main things that I feel a new caregiver needs to be able to move forward, and a genuine caring for others.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I never will forget was an elderly woman who had an amazing life and we used to just talk, and she would tell me all the experiences she's had. She's gone to France, and Europe, and just all these amazing experiences that she shared with me that it just made life so genuine, and how much the quality of life is important. And I'll never forget her because she's such a kick in the pants, she always had something to say about me or somebody else that was doing something. And she just was so full of life even in the last few days of her life, so full of life. And she taught me so much about myself and the quality of life, and just being able to live through everything and anything.