Hi, my name is Eunice. I live in Crowley, TX. And I've been a caregiver for about four years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I realized that there are people out there who need help. And if I am capable of helping them, then I feel like it's my job to help take care of those people and make sure that they are okay and they live the best life they can.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to always have patience. To always have a positive outlook whenever you go into a patient's room, regardless if you were in there with them yesterday, and it was a bad day, a bad experience. The next day, you still go in there with a positive outlook. And you just kind of pray for the best. And you can't hold onto the baggage from the last time you had a resident like them. You've just got to face a new day. You've got to be patient and positive, really all there is.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is this woman that I met about two months into being a CNA. She had a really bad diarrhea and it was everywhere. And I was the only one on the floor. And just having to take care of her and deal with her situation, it took forever. It took about an hour. And just to get her clean and make sure she was okay. Making sure she was settled in bed before I could actually go and attend to somebody else. But, I remember that day. I was stressed out. And I was so tired. I went home that day feeling defeated. And so I remember when she left the facility, she hugged me. And she just thanked me. And she said, "Thank you for being a good CNA and for taking care of me. Even after all that's happened, you were still there. You were always just kind." And to me, that was just so sweet. Even though we had a bad day, and we had some bad moments, we still left everything good and positive. She was okay. And she was healthy enough to go home. So, that was just really rewarding for me to see. How she came in in a bad condition and her leaving with a smile on her face and feeling the best she's ever felt in awhile. So, that was my most memorable experience with a resident.