Hi, my name's Gloria, and I'm from Riverdale, CA and I've been a caregiver for 6 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I remember growing up, I've always wanted to help others. Whether its a young person or an older person. What inspired me to become a caregiver was my grandmother. I would see these nurses come in her home, take care of her. She would always have a smile on her face, knowing that a nurse was coming in and just that companionship that she didn't have. Just seeing that, it really touched my heart. Growing up, I've always wanted to be in the medical field. Whether it be a medical facility, a caregiver, or CNA. I just know in my heart that this is something I want to do, and it's just a passion of mine. I love taking care of people. I love being able to help them. I love being able to just be there to talk to, at least have someone to talk to. It's just something that I love, I love doing and I will continue doing.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be love what you do first. Love what you do. Go in every day with a good attitude, a smile on your face and be patient, be kind, be loving, be understanding.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget is Norman. He was a ninety-year-old man and, each day I would go into work, he would be sitting on his recliner. I would go in, I would tell him, "Good morning, Norman." He would look at me and say, "Good morning." throughout the day, we would have different types of conversations. The most memorable of everyday working with this man was that we actually sat down for lunch, had lunch together and we would talk about just stories of him growing up, he and his wife, taking vacations. He would always ask me, "Would you like to have dessert with me?" And just by that, it fills my heart with joy, and I would always tell him, "Sure, Norman. I'd love to have ice-cream with you." And just little, simple things like that brings such a huge smile to my face. That's just one person I will never forget, and it was just a blessing to be able to work for him.