Hello, my name is Eahajnel, and I live in Murrieta, CA. And I have three plus years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because both of my grandparents, my grandmother and also my grandfather, passed away with a terminal illness, and that really gave me the passion to go to school for becoming a CNA, and just really having hands-on with that care for those that are really in need. I'm very passionate about what I do, and I'm going to continue to be passionate about it. That's just something that I'm just naturally here for.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would just be, to just stop and listen to what that person that you're caring for has to say and try to just let them just warm up to you and open up to you and just get comfortable. Don't try to force things to make them feel uncomfortable or try to order them around because that's not the way to go. Just let them feel free and open up to you. And make them feel as comfortable as possible.
Who is one of your most memorable clients
A client that I will never forget is my client Beatrice. She is very sweet, hands-on, cooperative, but only with certain people. She's very difficult to work with at times when she falls into her dementia episodes. Other than that, she is sweet and she is very loving. And I would never forget the time where I actually was off for a few days and she was giving the other caregiver a very hard time because of the things that I would do for her and things that the other caregiver just wouldn't do right. So, that's very memorable because it actually touches me and lets me know that I'm doing my job right.