Hi, my name is Janay. I live in Moreno Valley, CA and I have a year of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a care giver because my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and this rare disease called dermatomyositis. While she was diagnosed, I was in school to become an LVN. I unfortnately resigned in order to take care of her, which I took care of her all the way up to her passing of December. Just in general all my life, I've loved the medical field, it just intrigued me and I just would like to continue it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
The advice I could give to a new care giver is just to remain calm, cool and collected. Always try and find common ground with them because again, you're with them for at least four hours. So you always have to find a common ground, just talk to them, let them know that you're here for them, whatever you need, you'll get it for them and just you'll check up on them because we want to make it more of a personal experience, not of, "This is just my job and this is the only thing I'm going to do." and there does come a line though between things you do say or tell them but at a point, you just want them to know that you're here and you can also be a friend if they need you to be one.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget was the one I was taking care of in the hospital. It was in assisted living area in the hospital. He would just say whatever was on his mind and would let you know if you were doing something wrong. He's a charmer and as soon as you came into the room, he would joke with you, be like, "Oh, it's another one. I don't want you in here." and you'd be like, "Well, I have to be in here to help you." and he was just joking all the time with me. It was funny because when it was my turn to rotate to a different patient, I was the only one he wanted in his room whenever we would feed him. He was like, "She doesn't rush me. She just lets me eat when I want to eat." and I felt kind of privileged that he only wanted me in the room when I was coming to take care of him because I guess he just trusted me, the way I handled him, told him what I was doing, how I was going to do the procedure and whatever treatment I had to give him. It was very sweet of him to do that.