Hi, my name is Daja. I live in Oakland and I have a CNA and have been a caregiver for 5 years
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mother in law who had Alzheimer's and Dementia ended up having a stroke and couldn't take care of herself, so I became a certified nursing assistant and took care of her until her passing.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
Always respect your client's privacy and remember your training.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
I will never forget Ms. Betty. She had Alzheimer's and Dementia and also had a garden in her backyard that all kinds of vegetables and fruit. We would sit in her garden all day and she would tell me stories about living in the country. The next day when I would return, she would always call me by her daughter's name, which is Daisy. So, I would be Daisy for the day instead of Daja.