Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name is Ayla. I've been a caregiver for five years and I live in El Sobrante. What inspired me to become a caregiver was working with a young lady with cerebral palsy. She was wheelchair bound and that was one of the best experiences I had as a caregiver. The connection that we had and everything that I learned from that experience inspired me to continue on with nursing and helping people.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is Jane. She really inspired me because, even though her disabilities and everything she was going through, she was still going to college, going for her doctor's degree, and writing books about her experiences and the things that she was going through with her life. And that showed me that, even though you have disabilities and are in a wheelchair, that didn't stop her from following her dreams and achieving the goals she wanted to achieve for her life. She didn't let her disability hold her back from becoming the woman that she wanted to be. What I admired most about Jane was her determination to get through school, finish her degree, and she didn't let her disability stop her or get in the way of following her dreams. And I really admired that about her and I learned a lot from her. What I learned most from working with Jane was patience and being able to communicate with people who may not be able to express their needs effectively, being able to communicate with her and just having a connection and understanding.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
One piece of advice that I would have for a new caregiver is just to be patient in your training and know that it's a process. And even though you may not be able to get it right the first time, it takes a lot of practice to be able to understand and get things right. It doesn't always happen on the first try. So, if you make a few little mistakes, it's okay, just have patience with yourself and with your clients, and they understand as well.
My proudest moment as a caregiver was when one of my clients graduated from college, watching her being able to graduate and going through the process. And working with her and the team, just really made me proud of the work that I was doing, knowing that I contributed to helping her reach her dreams. It was really.