Welcome to Select Home Care’s “Caregiver Spotlight” series. From time to time, we’ll feature a little background information on one of our experienced caregivers. At the beginning of the month, we chatted with Jo Ann Lake. Up this week is Thousand Oaks caregiver Herodia Canizalez.

1. Hi Herodia! How long have you been a caregiver?

Hi! I’ve been a caregiver for a total of 16 years. I’ve been a caregiver with Select Home Care for two and a half years. Right now I have two clients I care for but normally I care for three or four.

2. What attracted you to the caregiving profession?

Seeing my own mom in the hospital is what made me first think about becoming a caregiver. I saw first hand how hard it was for my mom and I knew then that I wanted to help others like her. I think this personal experience has helped me in my career because I can empathize with my clients and their families. I’ve been there…I know what it’s like.

3. What is your favorite part about the job? What is your least favorite?

I love meeting new people. I love taking people shopping! Sometimes it’s hard at first to gain your client’s trust. You’re suddenly this new person in their life; someone they’ve never met before. It can take a little while for you and the client to get used to one another. Sometimes, for example, they might not want to take a shower. You have to be patient and encouraging.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to other caregivers, what would it be?

Treat your clients like they’re your own family members. It helps to pretend that person is your own mother or grandmother.

5. What sort of training did you have to undergo in order to become a caregiver?

I became state licensed, which took three months. I did that on my own. Select Home Care likes its caregivers to have at least two years of caregiving experience.

More About the Select Home Care Staff

All of our caregivers are W-2 employees and must pass extensive background checks in order to work for Select Home Care. They must demonstrate proof of a clean driving record and provide three references from past past employers. We also have our staff undergo regular trainings and skill assessments. Some of the skills they practice during their monthly in-service trainings include, among other things, how to safely and properly transfer an elderly client from a wheelchair or bed into a car or commode, and how to recognize if a client’s health is declining.

To see some of our hardworking staff in action, click on the training video below:

For more information on the services we offer or to learn more about the caregiver screening process, please call toll free at (800) 993-1657 or you can reach our Westlake, CA offices at (805) 777-3855.