Hi, my name is Ellen. I live in San Mateo, California, and I've been a caregiver for less than one year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my experience with my CNA training with the Red Cross of California - of Oakland in particular - we did over 100 hours of training in a skilled nursing facility in El Cerrito. I became pretty close with the residents there and this inspired me to want to bring caregiving into people's homes as well, as I continue my studies.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have confidence in yourself, especially when you're caregiving for someone in their home. You don't have access to the same resources as you do in a facility. So you need to really have confidence in yourself, but also know when to seek help.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is Dorothy, who was at my CNA training skilled nursing facility. She couldn't really speak very much and she was in late stages of dementia and was in a lot of pain, but I was somehow able to get through to her. This was just a very memorable experience because I really could see how my care was impacting her life in a positive way. This experience in particular has inspired me to want to do more caregiving in the future.