Hi. My name is Jamila. I have been a caregiver for 10 years. I live in Gardena, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
The reason I became a caregiver is because I love working and helping other people. I could have chose another field in life, but I didn't. I chose nursing. That was my first calling. I worked with my grandmother, my great-grandmother, and I loved it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is take your time, be patient, loving, respond to the patient need, and always ask for advice from the family member if there's one involved in their life. If there's not, try to get information from an exchanging nurse.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Miss Hawthorne. I became emotionally attached to her because she was more like a family member if anything. There was a couple of residents or patients that I cared for - if you want to say that, but the most attached I got to somebody was Miss Hawthorne.