Hi, my name is Danyell. I have 10 years in experience of being a CNA. I live in Lawrence County, which is Monticello, MS.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver in 2006 because I had a aunt that I had to care for because her kids were too busy to take up the time for her. During the process of caring for her I also worked in different mission facilities and [?] even harder to be a CNA and give my personal care to loved ones is the next of-- their family members being there for them and supporting them and giving them the love that they need.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience. Always take your time when dealing with a resident because they might have Alzheimer's or dementia or some type of disability that's keeping them from maybe understanding what you're saying. Keep calm. If you have a resident that's getting kind of rowdy, you know, exit the room and come back with a different reaction in your voice. And always be loving, respectful, and caring.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Our client I'll never forget will be Miss Hattie. She was such a sweet lady but she got down real bad with Alzheimer's and dementia. She couldn't remember you, but she was always nice, and sweet to everyone she met. She never met a stranger. She always thought herself family. But one day I was going to work and I was having a bad day and I guess some how some way she might have noticed that I wasn't as talkative as I normally would be and she stopped me and she asked me to sing her favorite song with her and that touched me so, so, so much because it goes to show you that no matter what you're going through there's someone that's always there for you and someone will always be there to lift your spirit up. So be polite, be nice, be respectful, and it will go to a long way.