Hi, my name is DaiNedria and I live in Albany, GA. And I have 8 months of experience as a PCA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my step-mom is a caregiver and I used to go to work with her and just see the bond that she had with the patient. In order for someone to open up their home to you, they really have to care about them. She had a lot of care in patients. It was more than a job to her, it became kind of personal in some cases, like she really bonded with people, and they bonded with her. And it got to the point that certain people only want her, they didn't want no one but her in their house.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be patience. You really need patience, especially in this field, because most of the time you're in someone else's space and you have things that you're supposed to follow job wise, but you have to really be conscious of these people and that they're in their home. So, if they ask you to do to do something, you should do it. Listen to them first.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Miss Mary. Miss Mary became my best friend. She's more like a grandmother figure to me, but the first time I met her, she was the meanest, because she was slowly losing her independence, and anybody would be mean when they used to be doing things on their own. I've worked with her for two years.