Hi, my name is Diana and I live in San Jose, CA and I've been a caregiver for almost five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mother was a CNA. I remember when I was 10 years old, I would go in into helping my mom taking care of a lady and from there on, I started going with her without getting paid. I would help her out and I started liking it because the lady was already old enough and I had that sensation inside me of helping her and feeling good, so after that, when I grew up, I started taking care of my grandfather and it was the same thing, so I became a CNA. Currently, I work at Stanford but it's from an agency, but now it changed because I'm working with children. But it's still the same sensation because I like helping people out. I like caring for them. It's a really good feeling when you see in their face happiness and them being really thankful for the little things you do, so that's why I like caregiving, because I like helping people out.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
For a new caregiver, some advice I will give them is safety, infection control. Why safety? Because that's the main reason we're there, to help them out. We want to prevent them from falling or having any major or minor injury. They're fragile and sensitive and then safety control is a really big main one. Why? Because everything and everywhere we have germs, that's what we're trying to avoid actually, that our patient gets sick or that they get a new infection or anything out of that. Try to keep everything clean all the time and even the patient, their hygiene, try to prevent diaper rash if they have a diaper or any wounds opening, anything. Us, as the caregivers, we have to try to avoid all of that.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Greg. Greg had dementia and he was a bipolar. He was a really, really sweet guy. But out of nowhere, he would just get mad and start yelling. Other than that, I remember when we would sit down and watch a movie, he was totally calm. He was a sweet guy. Why I will never forget him? Because he would act like a little kid. He would get happy because the sun was out, like little things that made life beautiful, so that changed my life in the way I see life now.