My name is Emmanuela. I live in the city of Gardena, CA and I've been a caregiver for seven years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because that was the only option I had when my father was diagnosed of late-stage cancer. I took care of him throughout his diagnosis, and that was what motivated me to become a caregiver and also a certified nursing assistant. So taking care of people is something I enjoy doing, and I have a passion for making sure everything is done and just making sure they're fine and well taken care of.
What advice would you give a new caregiver?
My advice to caregiver is to always love what they do, to make sure they really love taking care of people because you have to take care of people with a passion, and also to be patient with the elderly, especially the geriatric, because most of them, either they have a diagnosis that makes it difficult for them to do basic activities of daily living or do things that they usually do when they were still active. So a caregiver should learn how to be patient and make sure they're like listening ears to them. And also, most importantly, they need to love what they do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget was during my shift at a hospital, I took care of this elderly woman, then I noticed she had difficulty breathing. So the first thing I did was to raise the head of the bed up, and that really helped comfort her because once the nurses came in, they told me her oxygen saturation was going down. So I kind of helped with saving her life because if I wasn't at the room at that particular time, something worse would have happened. So I connected with the woman because the woman was thanking me, and she kind of reminded me of my mother because the way she was giving me advice and telling me to always love what I do, and she saw me as a good person. And after that day, I was kind of given a bonus at my work because of that, so that is one of the clients I will never forget.