Hi, my name is Tamira. I live in Long Beach, CA and I've been a caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was helping my grandfather who had dementia, and when I was helping him that gave me the training to work with individuals who suffer from dementia. He was my actual first client. I didn't work with a company until now, but I worked with my grandfather for two years, and he recently passed away last year, so I decided to get a job to work with other people to gain more experience.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to build relationships with your client. Good relationships can help you in the long run because you get to learn the person, you know, who they are, and know that the things that they have, the medicines they should take. And once they're comfortable with you, it makes the job more and more easier.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my client named Judy. Judy was very sweet. We had a lot of good times together. We would watch TV together. I would cook her meals, helped her with her medicines. The relationship we had was really good because I got to learn the type of person she was. I worked for her for a while which is best, because when you're a caregiver you have to learn the person that you're taking care of. And building a relationship is the best because it makes my job easier, and I would get know the person after working for them for about three weeks, I could tell how they are in that timeframe. And I really enjoyed having Judy as a client. She was very wonderful.