Hi, my name is Victoria and I've been a caregiver for five years. I live in Sacramento, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I watched my grandmother take care of my grandfather. Then, there were experiences along with working with veterans. Learning and getting to know people as I took care of them as if they were friends, and then getting close to people. Ends up when they're close to you, and they eventually become family because you're with them so much.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be just take it a day at a time. You have to understand and remember that you're coming into a person's home, and you're a complete stranger to them. Some may warm up to you easily, and then there are times when you're working with a client who may seem like they're very angry. And it's not that they're angry at you. They're angry at the situation.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Helen. She was my first client. And she made me work. And when I say work, she made me put in my job as being a caregiver at first. So, of course, you go in and meet the client and things seem a little awkward. No, not with Ms. Helen. That's what she liked to be called. She liked to be called Ms. Helen.