Hi, my name is Comfort. I live in San Bernardino, CA, and I have one year experience as a caregiver/CNA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I had the opportunity to care for my brother who was shot, I had to be in the hospital for over three months. I cared for him while he was in the hospital. The experience was an eye-opening situation and made me see and understand what people go through when they are sick. At that moment, I decided I was going to be a caregiver or I was going to work in the care industry.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be, first and foremost, to love your job because if you don't love your job, you're not going to give a good care. That's the most important thing. You've got to love what you do, because if you love what you do, you tend to appreciate the people that you care for, understand the fact that they are humans, they're in the condition not because they want to be but because of some prevailing circumstances and so the best help you can give them is needed.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget was one of my clients a resident of a rehabilitation center because she was a good woman, very quiet and easy going. She told you what she wanted you to do and once you took her instruction, she appreciated it. I really liked her and when I heard she died, I felt really bad and I cried. She was the best resident that I've ever cared for.