Hi, my name is Anthony. I live in Citrus Heights, CA and I've been a certified nurse's assistant for one year and six months.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver not only to help those who can't help themselves but also make a difference in other people's lives. The type of health field that I'm in isn't really to benefit myself. It's to benefit others. I eventually want to work my way up to becoming a registered nurse. But for now, I'm following in my mother's footsteps. She's in-home care certified nurse's assistant for Cimino Care. Something I've always wanted to do is help others and be a nurse or be a doctor and I'm trying to fulfill that currently. And this is where I'm at now.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to be very patient. You always have to be patient and very kind. You have people that'll lash out at you because they're either confused or angry at something. You'll get hit, you'll get scratched. But it's all part of the job. You need to give them all love in return. If they're giving you anger, don't reply with anger. You have to reply with love.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Miss Irene. She was a very, very nice, loving, beautiful lady who was stricken with a terminally ill downfall in her life, which kind of struck a lot of people by surprise because she was healthy for the most part. She just was getting up there in age. Every time I saw her, she would put a smile on my face and she would make my day.