Hi, my name is Doniah and I live in Los Angeles, CA. I have five years of caregiving experience and I have four years of being a certified nursing assistant.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I grew up in a household where my mother was a nurse and my eldest sister is a nurse and I have a family full of nurses and doctors and also caregivers and they've always seemed to love what they do, so I took on that same role after working 12 years in customer service, credit and collections department.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, if you are not serious about the health and well-being of another person, then this is something that you should not do. However, if you are concerned and have compassion and really love what you're doing and you're able to maintain the person or persons that you're caring for to be the best of their health ability, regardless if it's mentally, physically, then you should do this. If you do not have compassion and it's not coming from your heart, then this is something that you should not do because it takes a lot of love, caring, patience and understanding that most senior citizens have lived their life and they want to live the rest of their life in a comfortable condition. 99% of them live in their homes still, which I feel that is what they should do, if they're capable and have the ability and the financial means to stay in their homes versus living in a care facility.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget, her name is Cynthia and she was a fabulous woman. She was the editor and director of the Inglewood Newspaper. She was a courageous woman, she died of lupus at a early age of 57 and she actually died of complications to pneumonia. She became my children's godmother, even though she was in a wheelchair, she went to almost every sporting event. We were invited to several celebrity events that took place. She was a caring woman, understanding woman and I miss talking to her every day because we spoke almost every day. She started off as a personal client that I met through church, she became my client and a friend and I really, really miss her today and all I can say is she, besides my grandmother and besides several other people that I've taken care of, was the one who taught me to be patient and to be humble.