Hi, my name is Angela. I just recently moved to Viejo, CA and I've been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mom is a certified nurse and she always told me about her job and how she loved it and how she's very dedicated to what she does. So I decided to follow in my mother's footsteps and go to school and become a nurse giver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new giver is to love what you do. Every patient is different. When you go to work, every situation is different. You just have to be very loving, compassion to your patients like you'd be treating your family. And just love what you do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A patient that I will not forget is a patient I used to work with in Valley. I would go shower him twice a week and I remember after bathing him, he asked me if I wanted to have coffee. And at the beginning, I said no. I said, "No, thank you very much. I have to go back to work." But I could kind of tell that he wanted me to sit down and just have a pie with him. So I did. We had an hour conversation and after having a conversation, I noticed that his family had not gone and visited him and he just needed someone to talk to and someone to listen to him. And it made me feel very fuzzy inside. It made me feel very warm knowing that I was there for an hour and even though I could not be with him for the rest of the day, just the hour made a difference in that patient. So every other week when I would come, I would just kind of sit down with him. He would always be waiting for me with a cup of coffee, sometimes pie, and I felt like just that little hour made a big difference in his life.