Hi, my name is Toni. I'm San Mateo, CA and I have about six months of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandmother, my father, and lots of my aunts and uncles took me with them to care for their clients and I've gained experience through the years watching them and I just felt very passionate about helping people and just doing whatever needs to be done to make their life a little easier with ADL activity, daily living, and just helping people feel better about their life.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be just to always respect the clients and make sure that they have their dignity and respect given to them by you and others and just to do your best to make yourself feel like you're one of the best home carergivers that you can be, just try to put your client before yourself and help them in whatever they need help with.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is a client I had by the name of Milo. He was in his 70's and he's blind. He had three or four other caregivers in the last two years. I've only worked with him about two times in the last month and he's moved quite a few times and while I was sorry, he basically moved around so much and had all his stuff in boxes, she can't see because she's blind and most of his caregivers that he's had, he told me that I have accomplished more than they have in three or four months and have only visited with him twice because I've helped him by organizing all of his things in his new apartment and explaining to him where everything is. And just, it really touches my heart to know that I helped someone in such a big way. It may not seem in a big way to other people but the fact that he can no longer see and I kind of just brought a light into his life by letting him visualize where everything is and just really just know where all of his stuff now and I don't know. That's just one of those stories that I'll never forget, that I can help somebody be able to live more of a normal life than not knowing where things are and stressing out about it. So, I won't forget him.