Hello, my name is Tiffany. I've been a caregiver for ten years and I live in Oakland, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love the ability to care for others, and I've been caring for my mother for ten years - she recently passed - and I did other work for other companies.. I've been working for in-home care for ten years. The ability just to be able to help others, be an ear for them to talk to, and just caring for others is a great opportunity to further your work experience, and being able to work with others to have that experience under my belt.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to always be there to help, always be on time, always taking consideration that they do need your help, perform your tasks and duties in a timely manner, always be respectful, always enjoy what you do, never get bored, never get frustrated - it's a pleasure and an enjoyment of what you do. Always take into consideration that they do need your help and that you are there to provide services for them. As far as even if it's bathing, preparing meals, talking to them, exercising with them, helping them to the restaurant, or just being there to give them some type of assistance. I would say to always be respectful and be mindful that you are there to help them, and not take or down them, but to help them, and be respectful, and always be courteous.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is Mary. I enjoyed working with her, going out on outings with her, taking her shopping, helping prepare her meals, exercising, talking to her, learning things about her - she's learning things about me - became close relationship with her. She was just a joy and a pleasure to work around and to be around, and so was I. It was just a pleasure.