Hi, my name is Terrell. I've been a caregiver for six years and I stay in Sacramento, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I'm a people's person. I have elderly family members that I take care of that I've taken care of in the past. I'm very heart-warming, open, and very considerate of others and their disabilities and illnesses. Overall, it makes me feel good as a person to take care of someone that needs help.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be this field is very challenging. It can open up a lot of doors for yourselves. You have to be patient and have some compassion and just understand where they're coming from. Put yourself in their shoes for the day, for the time you're with them, and just truly understand who you're taking care of and develop a relationship with them or try to. Also be respectful and just have a lot of patience. They like that.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is, his name is Nick. I've known Nick about eight years now. Immediately when I started working with him we connected. He's funny. We like the same TV shows, same food we could eat at times. We just became really really close. I became also close with his family outside of work, outside of different facilities and day programs he's switched from. I've pretty much been by his side ever since we first met and I continue to see him now and see his family and we have dinner. We spend a lot of time together and that's one of the advantages of being a caregiver is you develop a lot of relationships and you connect with people you would never think you would connect with or never think how far a friendship will go just by being employed at a facility.