Hi my name is Dora and I live in Richmond, CA. My experience as a caregiver and CNA is more than 15 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I becoming to be a caregiver, CNA, because I love to work with people. So I feel compassion. I feel love for them because they need company. They need somebody who can hear them, somebody who can give them love, attention and company. So they don't have a voice sometimes. We are the voice. So I like just to make them feel like they are very important because they are important. Some of them, they don't have a family. They don't have a friend and they feel lonely. I like to talk with them a lot. But I have more reason to help with them, to give them company.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver-to-be is they have to be very, very patient and very, very honest. Try to feel them. They are very important person so they need more attention. They need a lot of attention, so that's why it's very important that you, the caregiver, has to be very patient with them, understanding.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of my clients that I will never forget is-- she had some dementia. She used to ask me each two minutes, "What day is today? What day is today?" and then I explained to her the day. Two minutes later, she asked me again, "Would you please tell me what day is today?" and then I explained to her the day and two minutes later, she asked me again and I explained again and again. She was very sweet. She was a very, very nice person but just not here anymore. I used to love her. I love her a lot. I feel compassion for her and we play. We play the same games always. She'd say this is our new game to play and then we play. It wasn't new but she used to say it was a new game. It's fine. It was a new game and then she loves to play the same game, so that's why it's very important for us to be very, very patient, compassionate and understanding. She needs our company, our understanding and our love. That is my client I will never forget, one of them I will never forget.