Hi, my name is Veronica. I live in San Diego, CA and I have three years of experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I saw that my grandpa had diabetes and he was on dialysis and he needed help. When he was in the nursing home, they didn't treat him well, so I decided that I should become a caregiver so I can treat people the right way instead of them going to a nursing home and then not taken care of. I also became a caregiver because my roommate needs a lot of attention because she's older, she's very nice and nobody should get treated wrong.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to listen to the patient, to be there for the patient and understand that not all patients are the same, not all patients have the same attitude, you have to work with each patient individually differently, you have to have different attitude with each one of them, you got to make sure that they get what they need and what they want, you have to understand to care for them, be nice to them, understand how they're living and how they need to be taken care of.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my grandfather. He had diabetes and he was on dialysis. He ended up going in the hospital and he ended up having a heart attack and he ended up passing away, but he was so sweet. He is definitely my most memorable because he's my grandfather, he was so sweet, he was kind to everyone, he just loves being happy, he shared food with everyone even when it was his time to eat, he would always try and get up and do things even though he couldn't because he doesn't have any feet because of the diabetes and he never gave up. He was such a hard worker, he always wanted to go out and do things even though he couldn't and he was really nice and sweet.