Hi, my name is Guadalupe. I live in the city of La Puente, CA. I've been a certified nurse assistant for eight years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I just wanted to be part the helping system. I wanted to make a difference in somebody else's life. I like to help people, I like to listen to people, and I like to conversate. I just wanted to be part of a team that loves caring for seniors.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My advice to a caregiver would be-- it could be a job that could be demanding at times, but at the end of the day, it's a fulfilling job because you know-- you go home knowing that you made a difference, that those couple hours you spend with somebody made a difference to them even though it doesn't seem that you did, but it does. We have to think about that they don't have that love, someone that loves them and someone who cares for them and you are providing that for them. My advice to them would be that if you're going to go into this type of job, to please go into it because you want to make a difference. Not because of the pay, just to make that difference in their life. At the end of the day, it's all that matters is you go home feeling-- I go home feeling happy.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is a resident that I was working for. I remember her being so kind. She already passed away, but I'm never going to forget her because of the conversations we had. To this day, I always have her singing in my head. To this day, I always talk about her because a week after she passed away, I had a dream with her. It was a dream that she was still alive and she was sitting in her bed and she was singing and I even told my co-worker, "Dude, Janet is in her room!" Then she told me, "No, she already passed away." "No, no, she's in her room singing." After that, I woke up. I guess just the conversations and the singing-- it was just a pleasure helping her. It was something I will never forget.