Hi, my name is Cassandra Munoz. I currently live in Gilroy - San Jose area. I have about one year of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver first as part of my nursing degree, but then once I got into the field, I realized how much and how important it is for me to take care of people. I love doing the work that I do and I love helping people.
One of the other reasons why I went into caregiving was because it reminded me of my grandparents. And to have the opportunity to be able to treat others, either elderly or not, to give them the opportunity to feel as if they were being taken care of and that they are loved, it inspires me, and just makes me feel better, and I love doing it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to new caregivers would be, patience is key. People aren’t always going to have great days. There are going to be bad days. Patience is very important. Patient care is very important. Just remembering the small things that count that really make a difference. And to also not overwork yourself and to remember that you are still human and that people will make mistakes. Not everyone’s perfect. Try your best and always keep in mind that the patient is number one.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of my most memorable clients will always be Lisa. It’s a weird feeling to explain. I just feel really drawn to her. She’s a 40-year-old woman who has MS. I would get her to talk. I would try to get her to move and help her recuperate. She just really touches my heart and I will never forget her to this day. I take care of her like she’s one of my own, which they basically all are. I will never forget her. Every time I go in the ward, she’s the person I always go to. We just laugh and we make jokes. We just get along so well. She’s someone that you really get attached to.