Hello, my name is Sonserray. I live in San Diego, CA and I have been a caregiver for 10 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I cared for my grandmother for many years, who had dementia and Alzheimer's disease. I am currently in school to pursue my RN in nursing and I also have experience with working with residents who have had dementia, Alzheimer's, cancer and etc. for a very long time at an acute facility out in Vista, California.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to definitely be patient. I think that with older, they need more patience than other people. I think being cheering at heart and really being there and knowing that this patient needs you. I think that being a caregiver is all about caring, all about having a heart that can express a good spirit to those whose spirit may be low and I think that that will be a great start in having some lead advice for a caregiver is just to be there, always be on time, always make sure that you care for that person the way that you would care for your own loved ones.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I will never forget. She had dementia and many of the [feelings?] are in and I estimate that she would cry each time she was woken in the morning to be changed and so when I worked with her, I would always just often encourage her and smile at her and be very gentle and patient and she would look at me and never cry at all. She would always smile and that really brought joy to my day, every single day, which made my job more fun, which made it easy because I have that passion and that joy to really just get up, get my job done but also build relationships with these people who won't have relationships with their own families anymore.