My name is Wilhemina. I've been a caregiver for 15 years, and I live in Sacramento, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a twin brother that's now 21 with cerebral palsy, another brother who's 18 years old that's bipolar and schizophrenic, and my mother who is bipolar as well. I just have a passion to care for people with disabilities.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have passion to what you are doing, you need to love what you are doing, and you need to treat these people the way you would want to be treated, and treat them like they don't have disability, and just teach them the value of life.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Frank. He was 71 years old, and he had Lou Gehrig's Disease. In 2006 he went to a long-term care home. He entered the facility in 2013 when I started working there. We were inside his house during the process, and he was just the outgoing, funny type of guy. We ate together, watched movies together, interact like he was my buddy. So, I will never forget him and all the times we spent.