Hi, my name is Geneva. I'm from East Hartford, CT and I have been a CNA for 8 to 9 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my stepson, 5 years old, he had cerebral palsy. He is now 24 years old. When I first started taking care of him I did not know what to do but I was patient enough to learn more about him, go to doctor appointments and just taking care of him, teaching him a lot of stuff that doctors told me he would not be able to do, which now, he's able to do all of that. He also went to a community college, able to read and do things that he was not able to do back then.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, the first thing is patience. Put yourself in their shoes. Think about them being a parent, a family member that you love. Also, consider the fact that this is a human being you're taking care of and respect is given no matter how old or young they are. My other advice would be, just understand when family members come around or even to visit and sometimes they can give you a hard time. You just got to understand that they are dealing with their family member being in the situation that they were not in. There are changes that they still probably didn't accept.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is this particular client when he first came to the salida I was working, he would not eat for anyone. Then he ends up on my assignment and I got him to eat and talking to him and learning so much from him, and I remember one time his son came to visit him and he was shocked because his dad stopped eating for a long time.