Hi, my name is Crystal. I live in the beautiful city of Upland, CA and I have 10 years experience as a CNA and 2 years experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because all my experience in a hospital setting that I've had as a CNA. I saw that some of our clients really needed that one-on-one nurturing care that they get from their nurse or from a loved one in their home. And that inspired me to become a caregiver because I can share the care that I have with the client or the patient at home, instead of in the hospital setting where everything's chaotic and you hear a lot of beeping sounds in the middle of the night that keep you awake.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, TLC. Treat your patients with a lot of tender love and care. These clients sometimes come with illnesses like Alzheimer's and dementia, and the next day they may forget who you are. Maybe within the next five minutes, they forget who you are. And that's when you need to remember TLC, and also patience. Patience is a big key in working with the elderly people because they need you to empathize with them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget is Becky. Miss Becky was an elderly lady around 65 years old who had studied psychology for about 3 years, and she was lovely. She was also a recovering alcoholic who's been sober for 30 years. It was memorable to me because she was always so enthusiastic about each morning.