Hi, my name is Summer. I live in Aguanga, CA and I have six years of caregiving experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mother was diagnosed with stage three aggressive terminal breast cancer and I began taking care of her in full detail. And then, three months later, my grandmother was diagnosed with terminal lung and brain cancer, and I then became a caregiver for her, as well.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to exude as much patience, care, and understanding as possible. We don't ever fully know how it is to be in the shoes of the person that we're caring for. So to have those three qualities I believe are extremely important. And I feel that that's what most people are looking for in someone that they are relying on. Again, to have as much patience, care, and understanding as possible would be my most important advice to give to any new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget, of course, would be my mother. In the last few weeks, before she passed away, she was unable to do many bodily functions that we take for granted for every day. And each time that I would help my mother complete these tasks, she would look at me and thank me as though it was something that I wouldn't do just being her daughter. But it was at those moments, that I truly felt appreciated that I could do something so rewarding for my mother that she could not normally do on her own.