Hi, my name is Christina. I live in Norco, CA and I have 11 years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was always doing volunteer work since a young age, whether it was for hospice patients or for our patients that had terminal illness, young children or elderly or adults and I really just enjoy overall, I think, the interaction of working with people. You can interact in many jobs. I mean, every job requires that you engage with people but I think the caregiving experience is different, you really care for the person, you get to know them on a one-to-one basis and usually most patients are elderly, have so much to offer in terms of knowledge and wisdom and I just enjoy that type of environment.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to the caregiver would be to get to know the patient first and foremost. Really familiarize with the charts, who the person is, their health situation, their living situation, relationship with family, if they are spiritual and what they believe in. I think all these things add a lot because they really give you a bit of information as to who the person is and you can care to the person on a more detailed level. It's more personalized and I think that the patient respond to that, they know that you really tried, that you know everything about them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client, a woman I'll never forget will be Shirley. Shirley was 94 years old and bedridden and her husband passed away, so she only had two daughters but they lived in different states, so they rarely visited her and she almost felt like she was ready to move on, so to speak. So when I first met her, she was a bit depressed and through the process of working with her over weeks, I did get to see a transition or a change in how she saw the world and how she saw herself and I think that was one of the most moving and emotional things experience how a person affects your life and in the exchange, not only had she affected my life but I had affected hers, so that, to me, had a big impact and that's why it's a very memorable thing to me in terms of caregiving.