Hi, my name is Siobhan. I live in Richmond, CA and I've been a caregiver for about a year and a half.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver a few years ago when my mother and father became elderly and ill. I helped take care of them. I cooked and cleaned for them and took them to doctors appointments or the store or wherever. And then after that, I decided to get into caregiving because I also worked for a residential facility for about six years. And I enjoyed people there, and I found caregiving very rewarding and kind and loving. And I think I have a lot of those potential aspects to give. And that's why I love it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be kind and understanding and sympathetic. Also, treat the client as a person and be very patient with them. Treat them as a person. And I always use a lot of sense of humor. I try to brighten up their day with being really positive and upbeat. And if they get sad or lonely, just be sympathetic and caring and understanding.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a dear lady I worked for for a couple of months named Peggy. She was 89 years old and lived in Alameda. And she was a very funny lady. She was very upbeat and positive. She had her moments where she was sad, but she was okay. And she loved to talk. She loved to talk about when she was a nurse in World War II and the Korean War. And she loved to talk about her family. She had a son and a husband that she loved very much. And, unfortunately, he died a couple of years before I met her. So she never really got over her, but she always loved talking about him.