Hi, my name's Corrina. I live in North Hollywood, CA and I have been a caregiver for six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my great-grandmother had Alzheimer's and needed some help around the house. I lived with her for about the last year or so of her life, and then she passed. I went to a CNA program, and I got my CNA. And then, I just finished an LVN program and got that certification on the way. I just really love what I do. I love helping people and being there for them. It's a really rewarding experience for me.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to take a breath and think things through before you do anything, to really recognize that every client is different and everyone has their own certain needs and wants and way of doing things, and that it's important to respect your client as a human being and to really do your best to take care of the whole person, not just what they need physically. No task is really too small or beneath you to do. It's important to really listen to them and what they need and what they're saying.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I will never forget is a very sweet woman. She was a hospice patient - not the first one I've taken care of and not the last one I've taken care of, I'm sure - but she will really stick in my mind because she really had such a love of learning and education. She was always trying to educate me on anything and everything. If there was a word in the news or in the newspaper that she didn't know, she had a dictionary that she would pull out and make me look up and then we'd have to learn the word together. [?] or something. She was always very much a lady all the way to the end, to the point where after she passed, I actually ran back and made sure she had her lipstick on over at the coroner's place because I didn't want her to be presented as anything less than the person she was. Yes, she was a very wonderful woman, and she taught me a lot of things, how to be very thorough and meticulous about the words that you use when you speak. It's important to convey yourself as you are and to stick to your principles and respect yourself, as well as other people