Hi my name is Timothy Miles. I live in Studio City, CA and I have been caregiving for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because shortly after I graduated college, my grandmother became very sick and I was the only one in the family who had the time to truly be there for her 8 to 12 hours a day to assist her needs and those needs were everything from keeping track of her finances and bills to changing her bedpan to going on walks and also just running errands for her and showing her compassion and care. It was a wonderful experience that led me to apply for more caregiving jobs.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to genuinely get to know your client, get to know what they like, get to know what they don't like, and also make sure that you're coming to your client prepared for the duration of your stay with the client. So, for instance, if they need certain food, always have those ready and available. If they need prescriptions given to them at certain times, make sure you make an organized schedule set with alerts so you do not miss any dosages. Last, but not least, make sure that you come to your client with true kindness and compassion.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Miss Ethel from Urbana, Illinois. She was quiet, wonderful and we shared a passion for music, so she would be practicing piano every day, and she would always ask me, "Oh, how do you think this sounds?" And every once in a while, we would play a duet. But there was a true connection there beyond all the care and compassion I showed her through the tasks I completed for her. There was a personal connection. I was able to have wonderful conversations with her about her kids and about her family, and we would talk about life. She had so much wisdom, and it was truly an honor to get to know her and take care of her as a client. It was quite wonderful.