Hi, my name is Victoria. I live in Fresno, CA and I've been a caregiver for more than eight years.
How did you become a caregiver?
I became a caregiver because I took care of my father off and on for over 18 years. He was sick, off and on, and that made me really love the caregiving industry as well as me working as a caregiver myself in my own job. So I fell in love with it, and I love taking care of elderly people especially, and being there for them, and being with them, and giving them that companionship that they don't always have so that's what made me really love being a caregiver.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be compassionate, be kind, treat them as you would your own family member. Try to look at it from their perspective, how they feel mentally and physically, trying to be a companion to them if that's what they need. Talk, play games, have conversations with them, try to be as friendly as you can, as helpful as you can, be patient with them, and have a good time. Enjoy your job and love what you do. That's really the best advice I could give you. Love what you do, and you'll enjoy your job.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never, ever forget would be Wilbur. He was a veteran in the Marines, and I took care of him for a really long time. He was really funny, and although he was in pain a lot, sometimes he'd be a little grumpy, but that was okay. Who wouldn't be grumpy in pain all the time? Oh, I understood that, but I remember a lot of the stories he would tell me about being in the Military and all the memories that he had, and a lot of the time we'd just sit and talk. Just talk about his life and his adventures overseas, and that was really something special for me, that he shared his life with me. And he used to play drums also, and he was in a band and all these wonderful, wonderful things he told me about his life, and it was very insightful, and it made me understand him better and how to take care of him better. I'll never ever, ever forget Wilbur. He was a sweetheart, and I miss him but yeah, he was very, very memorable and I'll never forget him.