Hi, my name is Annedra. I live in Fort Worth, TX and I've been a caregiver for eight years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I enjoy caring for people. I had my daughter at 23 weeks. She suffers with cerebral palsy and I had to learn a whole lot. I grew up pretty fast with her, learning how to feed to her oxygen and I really enjoy it. I took care of my grand daddy who suffered with Alzheimer's and dementia. I think that's my passion is memory care and that's my main reason why I think God put me on this earth to care for other people that need my help.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be the first thing is having patience because in the field of CNA and being a caregiver, you have to have patience. This is not a job for to go in rush, being quick. You got to take the time out with that person and I would give them a good advice as in you got to have a heart, you got to be able to have feelings and you got to have a heart for that person. You got to care about that person. A good attitude, no matter what the circumstances. You have to have a good attitude at all times and you got to think positive.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I never forget was a lady. Her name was Maria. She had Alzheimer's and I worked with her at an Alzheimer's clinic and Maria would wander at night, she would fiddle with her clothes, she'd take off her socks and one night, as I was working and making my rounds, she would usually fold laundry with me, that would let her do something with me and I watched her on this particular night get the socks and she was acting like she was putting a needle through the socks and I said, "Maria, you like to sew." and she just smiled and kept doing what she was doing. So, when I got off that morning for work, I went by a Walmart and bought a bundle of yarn and a needle. I took it to her that night when I got to work and she laughed, smiled, gave me a hug and a kiss and she started crocheting that night. So I learned, from working with her, I learned that she used to sew and make quilts and things. I never knew about that and that experience, to me, I learned about her and it made me happy to learn that I figured out something about this lady that didn't even really speak English good.