Hi, my name is Tierra, I live in Gilroy, CA and I have one year and a half to two years experience in caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandmother has Alzheimer's and dementia so I've dealt with that with a few years in helping her and experiencing that. I've also got into brain injury and that's mainly helping with the elderly as well. I love the fact of helping these people, especially when they don't have anybody else and I get the thrill out of that and happiness out of that.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience. When it comes to caring, you're dealing with people you've never dealt with before and you're going to run into problems or different personalities that you're not used to and it might be hard but having patience and being happy with what you're doing in helping these people is the best thing that you could do. Just love what you do. If you love what you do, it'll be a breeze, they'll appreciate you and love you and you'll appreciate them and love them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget is Megan. Despite her disabilities with brain injury, she brings so much light and joy to you that she sees you. The reason she's so memorable for me is because I was going through a situation and she could tell that I was a little down that day and she wrote me a long letter telling me how much she appreciates me, how much I do for her and she loves when I work with her and that-- you know, it was just a very heartwarming letter and it made me realize why I love what I do and why I love to care for people.