Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi. My name is Emma, and I've been a caregiver for 30 years. I live in Richmond, California, and also I'm a CNA and I've also been certified for 25 years. I became a caregiver because I love taking care of the elderly, and I'm a loving and caring person. The first person I cared for was my grandmother, and she had Alzheimer's, and it was a very good experience for me. But it was hard at first, but I got through it.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My most memorable client was Patty. She was a quadriplegic, and she was a very sweet lady. I enjoyed caring for her because she was very dependent on her own with her hands and stuff. But our relationship became very close, and she was like a second mother to me. So I fell in love with her, but she passed on me in 2009. What I admired about Patty was her determination. She was a go-getter. She always helped people, and she was very sweet.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
One piece of advice for a new caregiver is, always give the client their independence as much as they can do it. Plus, by you being a new caregiver coming into their space, you should always let them do as much as they can do. Do not enable them. Just encourage them.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment as a caregiver is when I got my CNA certificate. It put joy in my heart, and it put tears in my eyes, because I was happy that I was about to start taking care of the elderly, because I'm a very loving and caring person