Hi, my name is Gladys. I live in Lancaster, CA and I have been a caregiver, a CNA and CHHA, for 15 years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I just love helping people. I'm very passionate about loving the elderly, the sick. I'm naturally a caring person, and it all came down to taking care of whoever I loved. Friends, family. And I recently took care of my wife, my partner for 17 years, I took care of her for five years, and she passed on just about a year ago. So I am passionate about caring.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, you need to have love. You need a heart bigger than gold. You should be more sympathetic. You should love. It should come from your heart despite the money that you getting paid with it, it has to come from within because your touch adds a lot to the patient's life. But your caring and securing your safety and knowing they can rely on you makes a big difference. It helps with the healing process. It helps with the whole process. It helps a lot. So if you don't have a heart and passionate about caring for people, you can't do it. To be a caregiver, you have to be there all the time.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is my own wife. Her name was Lucy. Lucy was a diabetic for years. She gradually lost her function of her kidney and she started retaining water. She couldn't release urine so she got on dialysis. As time goes on, she couldn't do it and she couldn't go to work due to the stress on her.