Hi my name is Gladys. I live in Sacramento,CA. I have two years experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was helping my grandmother who was diagnosed with cancer and after she passed away I had to help get her ready and things like that and I always admired the hospice in the CNA that came in and helped bathe her and things like that. It inspired me to get into the line of work and help others who doesn't have family members.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to just be patient and realize that every client is different and you have to tend to them differently according to their needs. Don't ever make them feel like they can't help you or that they just are helpless. Just try to encourage them to get into the groove with you helping them, so that it'll teach them to feel like they're still independent.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget would be Even. He was so joyful that even though he was going through his struggles and fate he would always find time to put a smile on your face, tell you stories about growing up in the countryside. How it was like for them, not having the everyday technology that we have today, even small things like toilet tissue. So that always made me feel good to hear him go back to that thing that made him happy. And whenever he was feeling down, we'd turn on a Warrior's game-- we'd have it pre-recorded. Turn on the Warrior's game and he'd just be so happy there, just watching the game and telling stories about how he remember when basketball first started and things like that. So that always was a good thing. Whenever I went there it was kind of like a little escape to the past. I would never forget that.