Hello, my name is Elizabeth. I live in Highland Park on the border of South Pasadena and I've been a CNA for two years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I took care of my aunt and she had Alzheimer's and dementia. Through this experience, I realized that every human being who's elderly and needs assistance deserves love, respect and dignity. I'm very good at caring, so I decided to do this. This is very rewarding for me and my way of giving back. I have a history of corporate America, but that's not something that I'm doing anymore or want to do. This is something that I really love doing.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to make sure that your client is comfortable and feels safe. And whatever their needs are, that you meet those needs and become their friend. Find out what their interests are, if they like to go to the park, if they like puzzles and really enjoy them and be with them. If they want alone time, then you have to give them their space. It's just about becoming a companion and giving them the best care.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One client I will never forget, her name was Barbara. She had a very colorful life and she had such an adventurous spirit. When I would go over there she would have a long list of things she wanted to accomplish in one day. Sometimes she was not even well enough to leave the house, but regardless, we would have fun together. She would share her stories with me and we would just laugh and have so much fun. It was such a pleasure to know her.