Hi, my name is Sheila. I live in Canoga Park, CA and I've been a caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I'm actually going to school for nursing and I decided to become a caregiver to kind of get a little look at what I'm actually getting myself into and so far I've enjoyed it, the past two years that I've been a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be to just stay relaxed and calm. Don't overthink things and just enjoy your time with the elderly. They're still human beings, some have dementia. They might not be themselves, therefore they need a little more attention than others but don't get irritated or frustrated, just kind of help them through it, speak to them in a clear voice and just be very nice to them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a gentleman named Bob. He's the sweetest guy I have ever met. He was in World War II. He speaks to me about how he managed to get through it, how difficult it was and sometimes we just sit down and have a full conversation. He actually has dementia in the early stages but he speaks very fluently and he always listens. I've known him for about six months now and ever since I started, he just loves me and my attitude, how I would speak to him, how I never disrespected him, how I'm always there for him. Unfortunately, his family does not come visit or call. Therefore he sees me-- from what he has told me, he sees me as a granddaughter. He always gives me a hug hello and goodbye whenever I arrive or leave from work. Whenever I leave, he does ask me, "When will you be back? I want to see you again." When I'm gone, he actually asks my co-workers when will I be back? He's very sweet, he has a big heart, he's the sweetest guy I've ever met and honestly I will never forget Bob.