Hi, my name is Steffon. I live in Moreno Valley, CA and I've been a caregiver for five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandfather, he was very ill, he had kidney problems and then ultimately he went into kidney failure but I was his caregiver from 15 years old and I enjoyed just seeing him getting healthy and just comforting him before he eventually ended up passing away.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, don't get into this field just because of a paycheck because you won't end up doing it very long. You won't last long, and you won't enjoy doing it so something that you don't enjoy doing, you won't do happily and you won't do the right way, so if you're looking for a paycheck, this is not the right field to do it. You have to actually think about the clients or the patients as if they were your family members and how you would want somebody to treat your family members and that's basically it. You have to really have a love for this.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A guy that I will never forget, one of my clients that I will never forget would have to be Mr. Stevens. He had brain cancer and he was a very easygoing guy. He traveled the world and he was a bicyclist, he would travel to Rome and all these different places riding his bicycle and everywhere so he was a really healthy guy but then he ended up finding out he had brain cancer a couple months previous to me working for him. He was very easy going, he coped with the pain very well. His wife would go run errands and then she would give me a list of things to do and then I'd be like, "Okay, I'm going to go do this for you. I'm going to go clean the bathroom," or "Do you need to be changed?" Just various things and he would say, "Oh, no, I'm fine. I'm content. I'm just going to sit here and rest." He was a very easygoing guy. I loved that about him because he wasn't-- I worked for other clients that was very demanding and I understand but this guy he really was just biding his time and I liked that about him that he recognized what was going to happen and he dealt with it very well so everybody else around him was more worried that he was and he was the one actually going through it and I thought that was very strong and very brave of him.