Hi my name is Emma. I live in Fair Oaks, CA. I have over seven years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love caring for the elderly. I was a candy striper volunteer at the age of 14. In the Bay Area, I volunteered at numerous hospitals and senior care centers for a number of years. At the age of 17, I received my CNA license, my certification and I did private in-home care for a number of years. When I moved to Sacramento County, I did private in-home care for seniors and I worked at numerous hospitals. I volunteered and I just miss it. I love the one-on-one care and I wish to continue into it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, be kind. Do it with love. Be a friend. Be a kind person. Listen to them and be cautious and be a caring person. Be a good listener. Be a good companion. Do things with love and care. Treat them like you would treat your own parents.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a client that I did private in-home care with. In the mornings when I would arrive, he would have coffee ready for me. We sat, we chatted. He told me so many stories, a lot of war stories. He lived alone, had lots of land, big beautiful home. When I would start to clean, he would put music on for me and he would sing and whistle. He would go out to his garden, get vegetables from his garden and make a salad for us for lunch. He was the most kind, sweetest man. He did not like to be alone. We knew that he wasn't going to live very long, but we danced, we would sing, we would read books together. One day he would pick out a book, another day I would pick out a book. We would work out in his garden together. We would go out and water the flower bed and the vegetables together. I will never ever forget that. Never. Very sweet person, very kind. We read the newspaper together. He was my friend, and I miss him dearly.