Hi. My name is Holly, and I live in Sacramento, CA. I have over 10 years of experience and about 13 years, as a caregiver CNA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have a deep passion for helping others. I started in nursing, actually as a nursing assistant, when I was 12 years old. And then as I got older, I went to business school and wasn't happy. Didn't feel I was offering something of value. So I went back to school and got my CNA and five other certifications that I've acquired over the years. I take great pride in what I do in caring for others. That's why I became a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient and be very observant, and you want to be on each client's level. You want to listen and have great attention to detail. It's very important. And not only to be attentive to the client's needs, you're also caring and getting to know the family as well. So you want to be a great listener. Patience is crucial and caring is a must.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is when I started out in a rehabilitation hospital. I worked the day shift for a couple of years, and then I went to night shift. And this patient, he would wait for me. He would have trouble sleeping, and no one understood. They wouldn't take the time to find out what it was that he needed because he couldn't communicate. But when I would come in to my shift, he would stand there and wait for me. And we would dance. We would do this little dance, and then I would tuck him in, and he'd go right to bed. And I'll never forget him because of that and also the girls would tell me how when I wasn't on shift, when I had my days off, he wouldn't sleep. But when I was there, he would. So it's just so many memorable patients and clients over the years. Wonderful.