Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi my name is Amy. I live in San Francisco and I’ve been a caregiver for over 30 years. Twenty of those years, I’ve been a CNA. The person who inspired me to become a caregiver was my great-great-grandmother. I ended up taking care of her because she became ill with cancer. I took care of her for over 3 years and that led me to become the nurse that I am today.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
A client that I will never forget, her name is Marge. I went in to take care of Marge as a short term care. Her condition led to her having a brain tumor, she ended up with a feeding tube and loss of speech. Marge never showed the side as being ill, she always had a smile on her face. Eventually the care that I provided for her ended up as a live-in job for me. Her family was happy seeing that me and her got along great, and seeing that her spirit was lifted. If they were to see me on the street today, they would still treat me as family.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
One piece of advice to a new caregiver for me would be to always have a smile on your face. Secondly would be to never put the patient down. Always lift that patient up and listen. Listen to them. Do not give your advice, but always listen to them.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
One of my proudest moments as being a caregiver was taking care of a young lady with cancer who was about 30 years old. I gave her the love, care, and attention that she needed. Sometimes there were extra things that needed to be done and I always fulfilled that for them, without a question or a hesitation. I was very proud to give a little extra to someone who needs the care that they deserve.