Hi, I'm Jenny. I live in Pomona, CA and I've been a caregiver for one year.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I had a good friend who was a registered nurse, and she really felt that I would be great with the elderly. And I really found that to be very rewarding. I really loved working with people and helping them with their homes and with their health. I've really enjoyed it.
What advice would you give a new caregiver
My advice to a new caregiver would be to yourself and to relate to people who may be in pain, who may need a little bit of special help. And to just be yourself.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One client that I will never forget is when I worked in my training time at a convalescent home with a Korean gentleman who could not speak English. And so he just had a great attitude. It was a little bit of extra work for both of us to get through the day. But he just had a great attitude. And he had to ask for his food with signs. We had to both work with signs, and communication was a little bit extra help. But it taught me how difficult it can be when you have to communicate-- use special ways, and how having a good attitude can get you a lot further than having any kind-- you just try-- avoid negativity, and positivity can get you so much further. This gentleman just had a positive attitude, and he made the extra efforts to stand, or just to do whatever possible thing that he could do. He made it through the day and with a smile on his face. And he put a smile on my face, even with the extra difficulties. It's just a reward. Or when I just get a thank you out of somebody, it just really makes my day. I just really get a kick out of all of my clients. But this particular gentleman, with his challenge in the language, and--he just made positivity all day. I really appreciated him