Hi. My name is Theodosia. I live in Elk Grove, CA and I have 9 years of experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a older sister. She was born with epilepsy, and when I was little, I used to help my mom to take care of my sister. After I went to high school, I went to community college and I took classes towards nursing, and currently, I just finished my LVN program. So I definitely like to help, and I like to make others comfortable, and I like to share my knowledge with others, so being a caregiver is something that I like to do. And this is my passion - I like to help others.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be on time, to be respectful to the clients and the client's family, to be reliable in the sense that come to work on time and do your job, be a good team player, communicate well with your supervisor - and definitely, for me, is respect. So I would definitely tell a new caregiver to be respectful - like to respect the client's home, respect the client's wishes, and just do what you are there to do for the client, because the client's home is not your home. It's the client's home. So respect is the keys, and be on time, and definitely communicate with your supervisor and talk to your clients - interact with your clients.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My client I would never forget - it was my first, and his name was Donald. He passed away. The reason why he's my favorite client and one of my memorable clients is because he was very funny. So I worked with Donald for like three and a half years, and we had a lot of fun. We communicate with each other. I took him out, and he loved to eat. So he was very funny - he would say the funniest thing, and I would just look at him and laugh. And when he passed away, it was so sad because it was just like all those funny things he said to me. So he's my most memorable client so far.