Hi, I'm Amy. I live in Sacramento, CA and I have been a caregiver and CNA for about 2 and a half years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love caring for people. I would like to know that whoever I'm caring for is receiving the best care that they could possibly get. I would like to know that someone would be taking care of my parents the same way that I would be taking care of someone else's parent. I really have a passion for what I do, and I really enjoy working with the adults or the elderly who have the Alzheimer's or dementia. They tend to just be my calling.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to ask questions. Always ask questions. If you don't know what you're doing, ask questions. If you're unsure of what you're doing, ask questions. If you need help in any way, ask questions. I mean that's what they're there for. You would want to give that person the best care that you can, and not everybody responds to the same thing in the same way. So asking questions clarifies the little things that you may need to know to get through to that person.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget would be Bill. Bill was a cancer patient that I had taken care of. He was in hospice. I was with him for six months, and the doctors gave him three weeks to three months to live. I was doing a live-in, and so I was cooking and cleaning and taking him to his appointments, and I was his companion. We took him to family events, and I was with him all the time. I developed a very, very strong relationship with Bill and his family. It was very heartbreaking when he passed away . He was the best client. He was never disrespectful. He was always in a good mood, but if he wasn't in a good mood, he would try very hard not to take it out on you. He was just a very good guy. I enjoyed taking care of him so much. He definitely inspired me to keep going with the caregiving jobs I was getting because it was so worth it in the end, knowing that I gave him the best care that I could and that he was happy.