Hi, I'm Taneka and I've been a caregiver for three years. I live in Fresno, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my dad was sick. He had a stroke and he needed my assistance, so I stepped up to the plate and I helped him for about a year. I've been doing private in-home care with other adults, I like the fact that I can help someone around the house and I can be there for them companionly and supportively.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice is to be patient, to have companionship with one another, to listen, to hear their thoughts and to also be there when they need you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Miss Janice. She was very loveable, she was very caring and she was very kind. She liked my hard work and she loved what I did for her. She also returned the favor and doing things for me also. She was very sweet and I loved being around her. She was very intelligent. There would be times that I would share thoughts with her and she would give me nice feedback on my life and life in general. She was a counselor, unfortunately she had a stroke and she couldn't get out of bed, So I would be there to comfort her any day of the week that she needed. I got very attached to her and she passed away. She was very nice and very kind-hearted.