Hi, my name is Tiffani. I live in Sacramento, CA and I have more than 13 years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 16 years old. At that time I started taking care of her. I took care of her for six years and I'm still taking care of her with the help of other family members but I have moved on to taking care of other clients, ranging from dementia all the way to being physically disabled completely, to bipolar to lupus. I've ranged in a lot of different people I've took care of mentally and physically fully disabled. So I have a lot of experience with transferring, medication management, scheduling, comparing shift, light housekeeping, physical therapy, as well as speech therapy.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be they would need to have patience and compassion. You need both of those things to take care of somebody.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Doris. She loved her mother a lot and she had been fully physically disabled for over 20 years but she still never liked the routine that her mother made for her so she would fight and do anything to get out of it but I would always just distract her with something else and how to do it in a fun or interesting more way that she loved her routine and we got her right back on it and now she's continued doing that routine daily without any hiccups.