Hi, my name is Catherine. I live in Macon, GA and I have been a caregiver for over 10 years, and I have been a CNA for about 8 years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my mother. She had been a caregiver all my life. Not only had she been caring for us kids, which she had five, as a single mom, all the way into adulthood. What got me interested doing it is because that was her profession. One day, she got sick, and the person she was caring for needed someone to be there with her.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to always remember, when going into people's home or to a job, always remember to go in smiling, showing that you are there for the people, and not just for a paycheck. Show compassion. Be caring. Be trustworthy. Be self-sufficient, on time. Courtesy can go a long way. I always show eye contact.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Nancy. Oh, she gave me a hard time when I first came in contact with her, because she was always stuck on her daughter taking care of her. Her daughter could not leave her eyesight, could not leave to go anywhere. If she was there, with anyone else other than her daughter, she would give them the hardest time. She had maybe 10 caregivers before me. The other caregivers warned me before going in, but I love challenges. I can take a lot, before I'm actually pushed out and I just won't to give up. Once she saw that she could not get me to leave, I was not going anywhere.