Hello, my name is Danielle, and I live in Fresno, CA and I have been a CNA/caregiver for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because it all started with my grandmother. I moved in with her at the age of 13, and I began helping her around the house grocery shopping, cleaning, toiletry, and things of that nature. And I was amazed by the feeling that I had while helping others. So, that's what inspired me most to become a caregiver, the love that I had helping my grandmother and those who can't really help themselves.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be pretty much do not choose this field of work if it's not truly your passion. If it's not really your passion to help others and to really be there for others and that you don't see this as pretty much a hobby instead of a job, my advice is you're in the wrong field. But otherwise than that, as long as you're genuine and you're compassionate and you're dependable and you're reliable, I mean, this is an amazing job and amazing field to work in. And I love every moment that I had in it, and every step that I've taken in this field. And I don't regret anything, and I wish for many more to come.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Martha. That's one of my most recent clients that I had at one of my most recent jobs, and she was such an amazing client. And she's just so full of life, and she's actually a full-blown Spanish speaker. We speak two different languages, but somehow me and her connected the most out of all the other CNAs and clients there at my job. And she's taught me a lot, and I would like to say the same for her. I've taught her a lot, and that's just one client I will never forget, never.