Hi, my name is Cynthia Alvarez. I live in Santa Rosa, CA, and I've been a caregiver for five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I used to take care of my grandmother when she was put on hospital due to cancer. My mom and sister are both CNAs, so I got into the field as soon as I graduated high school and started working at Des Moines Community Living. After that, I became a CNA of two years in 2014.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to new caregivers would be always be patient. If you have any questions, always call or ask. Better to ask questions than to do something without knowing the correct way to do it.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will always remember is Ryan. He was an old veteran that lived with his wife. After his wife passed away, he needed some help with his daily living routine. I would always help him out for at least seven to six months. Then there was this one day I showed up to his home, and he actually bought me some flowers because he remembered it was my birthday. He has dementia, so to me, that was a big thing that he actually remembered my birthday when he only remembers things from the past. That was one moment that I will cherish forever, and I will always be grateful for working with people that take the time to get to know me as I do with them.