Hi, my name is Atonia. I live in Long Beach, CA and I've been a caregiver for about seven years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became interested in caregiving in high school and just continued my education. I also have family members within my family that also experienced Alzheimer's and stroke, that also encouraged me to want to continue becoming a caregiver or continue in my education and I received my CNA and CPR card license and I've been caring ever since then for about seven years. I am continuing my education with nursing, I love helping people and providing the best care.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience, if you don't have patience to care for the person and what their conditions are, then this wouldn't be the right job for you. So the best advice I can give you is to have patience and love what you do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Patsy. She is the most heartwarming and loving lady ever. I mean, she just really touches your heart with her personality and just her behavior. She definitely can have some moments where she doesn't feel too good but she's easily able to get back into her groove, you can talk with her, you can just show her a lot of empathy and show her that you care and that will bring her mood back. She was just overall a loving person, to where you would want to go in and just see how her day was and see what she was doing because the connection and the fire that she'd have would be just so uplifting even when she's having a bad day. It's like she's the most nicest woman ever you could meet.