Hi my name is Christine. I live in Escondido,CA. I just graduated from a CNA certified program and I have been a medical assistant for 12 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I personally would like my mother or my father or somebody in the medical facilities or home to be treated very well, properly, with kind and love and compassion. I know that it's needed out there so I became a CNA to give my kindness, my sympathy, my empathy, my smile to whoever needs it, as well as I've been a medical assistant of 12 years and I just enjoy helping others get well or smile and make them feel well.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to treat the patient, the resident, as they were your own family member. You would want to treat them with love and respect and dignity, to each individual that you take care of.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget and I'll always remember would be a gentleman that I worked for in a facility, and he was asking for pancakes all morning and all the CNAs seemed not to pay attention or would just tell him, yes, they would get it for him but they wouldn't. So he wasn't my resident at the time but I just remember hearing the CNAs tell him, "Yeah, well get some for you." and they never did. So I just made my way over there when his call light came on and I asked him what he needed and he replied with pancakes, of course and I went down to the kitchen-- well, first I looked at his diet and made sure he was able to have pancakes, and then I went down to the kitchen, ordered him some pancakes and brought them back up. Just the smile on his face and the look on his face and just how thankful he was-- sorry, I'm getting emotional, but just how thankful he was to have what he wanted made me feel overwhelmed with joy. So that's an experience I'll never forget.