Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name isJanella. I live in Vellejo, California, and I've been a caregiver for four years. The person that inspired me to become a caregiver was my grandfather. I cared for him since I was 14 years old, and he had Alzheimer's disease and he really made a big impact on me from wanted to be in this field and getting my CNA license and my RN license and just so forth. I really love this field.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I'll never forget is someone that I cared for for about six months. She was in a facility. I cared for her for 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. She really loved me. She didn't really like anyone else as a caregiver. She preferred me to care of her, so it was really a pleasure caring for her throughout the six months that I cared for her. What I learned most for caring for her was just to have patience and guidance in being able to meet her needs that no one else could really do. It was a pleasure for me, and I really admired that about her. Advice I would have for a new caregiver is just to have patience and just to be able to meet their needs, really treat them as if they were one of your loved ones or put yourself in their shoes.
What are your strengths as a caregiver?
What I think makes me a good caregiver is that I'm very committed to my work and I look at it as if-- me meeting my goal, what I want to do as a career in my life, which is an RN nurse, I look at that every day and it makes me want to go stronger and it motivates me. My proudest moments as a caregiver are just making the client feel comfortable with them themselves, and being able to see a smile on their face really made me happy. For example, I was working with a Vietnamese woman and at first I really couldn't understand her. She couldn't really understand me, so I downloaded a app on my phone, and I started to learn some words and I would say them out to her, and her reaction was amazing. I called her beautiful one day, and she just smiled at me and I really-- those are one on my proudest moments of becoming a caregiver.