Hello, my name is Sharon. I live in La Crescenta, CA and I've been working as a caregiver for the last 6 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I watched my mother for many years, who was a nurse, take care of certain clients over the years. I saw that she basically enjoyed and that's what she was doing. And so one day she asked me if I wanted to try it out and I said, "Yes." And I also fell in love with taking care of clients and patients of all ages. And so I would have to say that my mother was the big inspiration in my life to become a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be to do your absolute best and do the right job to the best of your ability. And to be honest and to enjoy what you're doing because that matters. And you need to also respond to your clients in a happy and exciting way. And also, be on time.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget - who would probably be my most memorable client - would be Bill. I helped Bill for about-- just up to two years. And he basically needed assistance with just the basic needs of going to the bathroom and a little incontinent care. But, for the most part, I actually did not just only take care of him but I also kept his wife company. It was a couple. And so we both enjoyed each other's company. Bill, on the other hand, he loved to get out and he liked to try and exercise. So I would go exercising with him. He also loved to go to the senior recreation service building. Every week, I would take him there. And believe this or not, but he liked to play pool once a week at the senior recreation center. So we would go play some pool with some of his other friends. And we would do that for about one hour each week. And then he started wanting to take up other classes. And he took up a Spanish class which I went to with him. And we just both really enjoyed each other's company. And he would have to be my most memorable client.