Hi, my name is Dara. I go by Dee. I live in Moreno Valley, CA and I have 24 years experience in caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I've always been intrigued with the medical field since I was a kid. My grandmother was a registered nurse for over 30 years. I did go to Job Corp and got certified as a CNA, and I wasn't too sure about what I was doing at first because I wanted to do sports medicine. But I kept finding myself back with the elderly, so I've been doing it for 24 years. I did go to school for sports medicine, and I have a little background in physical therapy as an aid.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to simply have patience, understanding of what's going on with the client that you're taking care of. That has been my experience with working with other caregivers with them losing patience with them and not quite understanding. Especially working with dementia and Alzheimer's residents. That's my number one. Have empathy, compassion, love. Love what you do for what you do and not just for money.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is, I know I'm supposed to pick one, but honestly, I cannot just pick one client. I have wonderful, great, funny, loving experience with every client that I have ever worked with from the time I was 20 until now when I'm 44. So I can't really just choose one because I love them all. They've all brought some type of joy to my life. And so I will have to leave it at that because I will be here all day naming every single resident that I've ever taken care of.