Hi, my name is Toni. I live in Salinas, CA and I have three years of caregiver experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have cared for a family member in the past, and also because I'm very caring and giving. And my children are all grown up, and I still have the potential to give care and love as well as companionship to those who need it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new care provider would be, to be very compassionate and understanding toward the client because each of their situations is different. We would have to adjust to their needs and be able to comply with the duties that are called upon them. And that's my life.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Mike. Mike and I have grown very close to each other. And at first, he was really hard on me and trying to adjust to his schedule and his needs. But after awhile I just kind of learned that he was more like a little brother, and he wanted more understanding than anything. He wanted to be paid attention to and that once I grasped that, it was a matter of us just growing and bonding together. He's just somebody that I will never forget.