Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hello, my name is Deborah. I live in San Leandro California, and I've been a CNA, on and off, for about 10 years. The person that inspired me to be a caregiver was my mom. She worked with people with disabilities, and when I would get out of high school I would go and meet my mom at work. I would see her helping people, feeding them, helping them with their motor-skills and everything. She taught me to accept everyone for who they are and the way they are, and I became comfortable. So, almost everyday I would go visit my mom, and she would talk to me about different people and what their needs are, and how to be kind to people, because you never know when you're going to need that help. So, that helped me to become comfortable.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
Of all the people that I care for, the first person that came to mind-- she liked playing with puzzles, and she liked to knit. So she taught me how to knit a little bit, and I did puzzles. So, whatever game or whatever hobby she was doing, I was doing it right with her. She liked to watch Law and Order episodes so we did that. She liked to look in the sales papers, so we looked in the sales papers. We like to talk, I talk with her. She liked to talk about baking and sometimes she would show me little things about baking. I would show her my recipes, she would show me hers. It was fun, so we really enjoyed each other.
What makes you a great caregiver?
I think that, what makes me a great caregiver, is because I love listening to people, I love having conversations with people. I also love helping people that I think would need my help, without even asking. It's good for me to ask, "Do you need my help with this?" And if they say yes I help them. If they say no, I try to offer my help anyway. You know, even engaging in conversations with someone is a big help.
My proudest moment as a caregiver is, this person-- she was constipated, she was so nervous that she couldn't get it out. So, what I did was, we went to the ladies room, I sat her down, and I told her to take her time, and we engaged in other conversation while she was sitting down. And, before you know it she did what she wanted to do, and without her even knowing it. That was great because she was in agony. I was glad that I was able to help her, that made me feel great.