Hello. My name is Hershana Bell. I currently reside in Stockton, CA and I've been working in caregiving for three years and nine months.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was given the opportunity by an elderly lady to help her with grocery shopping as well as going to weekly diabetic appointments. As that went on, I ended up getting more clients and working for the elderly.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be that you have to remember that your sole purpose is to help the client and assist them with their daily living and keep them comfortable. Make sure that you let them be their selves. Not everything you're taught or you learn in a schoolbook is what you're going to be able to show them. They have their own way of life, their own needs, and you have to personalize your work ethic around that. You can't change them for who they are or what they want to be. You have to give them the right to live their life, and make that life that they are living comfortable.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Celie. When I worked with her, she was always able to tell me a new story - something different about life. She lived on a farm, so of course there were always different stories. Some stories even went back to when she was eight years old. She was always able to tell it vividly. Even though she did have Alzheimer’s, she was able to always repeat to me what she remembered when she was younger. She always had a good story, and all her stories - they all added up at the end of the day. A lot of them even went with the day and it made the day easier. A lot of them taught me things about life in general. A lot of things were good history for me, and I'll never forget that.