Hi, my name is Yesenia, I live in Pacoima, CA and I've been a caregiver for a year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I would visit my aunt at her job which she is also a caregiver and I absolutely fell in love with it. All her patients were so great and they were the ones who inspired me to become a caregiver, to care for them and be able to help them out in anything needed and ever since it's just brought so much happiness to me being to help them out.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would have to be to make sure to always have patience and to always stay calm with your clients. That's really the main thing, always having patience and they will see that you're very comfortable dealing with any situation they throw at you and they will become more comfortable with you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client will never forget is Rosary. She was one of my best patients. She had dementia and she would always come to me every single day and ask me the same question over and over again and I was so proud of her one specific day because I knew she was dealing with dementia and I knew she didn't' remember things andshe would always come to me and the same question she would ask me was, "Where is my husband," and "What time is my husband coming home?" and sadly, her husband had passed away about five years ago and this one time she asked me, "Where is my husband? What time is my husband coming home?" and she looked over at me and said, "Oh, wait, I asked you that before." and I was just so proud to see that progress in her to see that she was remembering things and to figure out on her own without anyone having to tell her.