Hi, my name is Yaika. I life in Lancaster, CA and I've been a caregiver for 10 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my brother had an accident. He fell out of the bed having a seizure and broke his neck and his back. And I became a caregiver to care for him. And then shortly after that, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Dementia and didn't have the heart to put her in a home for the aged. Eight of my siblings, including myself were basically worked as a team, rotate and take care of her. I'm ready to get back into the field of working with others. I've been working through different residential homes taking care of different types of disabilities, and I became compassionate about it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a caregiver would be to have compassion and patience for the person you're caring for, and a whole lot of understanding in there. So security, and love, loyalty and be consistent in what you do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget would be Beth. As her health started declining, she stopped walking. And she became like a child, where she was very lovable. You could go bathe her, change her clothes and comb her hair, and she would mess up her hair because she wanted it messy all over her head. And she'll just come at me, and then just smile and put her arms out for you to come and hug her so she could come and mess up your hair. That was my most memorable time is with Beth, until she passed away