Hi, my name is Alexy. I live in Hayward, CA and I've been a caregiver for almost three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my mom, she's a caregiver. So I've been with her for almost my whole life, and I've been watching her caring for old folks. And it inspired and motivated me to become like her, to help loved ones, reach out, be the reason for someone else's smile.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a caregiver is that no matter what happens outside the workplace, when you step into a workplace everything outside doesn't matter. What matters the most is you, the relationship between you and the patient or the resident because you might not know what the resident's going through is harder than what you're going through with life. And, plus, they're depending on you for everything. So the least we could do as a CNA or a caregiver is to help them, and be there for them, comfort them in the best way we can do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Connie. I used to care for her at the workplace I used to work before I moved out here. She reminded me a lot of my mother, and also the old folks I used to care for. She would have this beautiful smile as soon as I walk into her room. She will always greet me in the morning, saying, "Good morning, beautiful," and it enlightened my day. And I would say it back to her, "Well, good morning, you are beautiful." So, for some reason, I grew a bond with her, which it was hard to let go after. But she was just an amazing woman I got to meet, and I'm grateful I cared for her. Just the way she talked, the way she greets me, the way she treats me, it makes my job even easier to know that I'm making someone happy and making it easier for them day by day.