Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name is Delon. I live in San Francisco, and I've been a CNA for two and a half years. I became a caregiver because I like to help people. And I know people have health issues, and need help in life. And I want to always give a helping hand, and just help elderly, older people. In my career as a caregiver, I've worked with many diagnoses. As in autism, dementia, seizure disorder, epilepsy, and many others.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Out of all the people I've cared for, one person comes to mind. When she comes to the hospital, she wants me to come to the ER and see her, and she wants to be put on my floor. And I even go visit her when she's not in the hospital, and she even calls me her grandson now. One of the most challenging patients I've ever had was an older dialysis-- an older lady that was on dialysis. And she was was a very difficult patient. She didn't really get along with too many people. She would refuse a lot of things. And I got to know her really well, and we started bonding. And she grew to miss. And every time she came to the hospital, she always wanted me to be her CNA. And we just really, really got well along together. And she didn't get along with everybody. So I was very special to her and she was special to me. She ended up passing away, so that was one of my most challenging patient experiences I've ever had.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
One piece of advice for new caregivers is to sit down, and talk, and get to know your patients very, very well. That's the best thing to do. Get to know them and listen to them. And that's how you get a good bond with them.
Working in a hospital setting is one of my best experiences. Proudest moments is help saving people's lives.