Hi. My name is Jolene, I live in Oakland, CA and I have been a caregiver for 20 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love caring for elderly. I work right now as a medical assisant, I would like to be a caregiver on the weekend. I used to be home health CNA caregiver back in 2000, and I loved it, and I would like to go back to it on the weekend if possible. My mother was a nurse, and I have a nurse all my life. I went to Home Health, the CNA school, [?] school, and medical assistant school, and I went to Merritt College in Oakland.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be always have empathy, compassion for the person that you're caring for, and always learn professionally how to lift and move an elderly person from a wheelchair to a bed, from a bed to a wheelchair, and always get good training from a good school.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is when I was about 20 years old and I took care of an elderly patient that broke her hip, and my job was to come into home and care for daily living, her ADL's. She was bedridden when I went to see her, and my job was to cook for her, give her medications, bathe her, and get her up out of bed everyday, Monday through Friday, and I worked with her for, I think, a whole summer, and by the time I finished her, and exercised her, and got her up everyday, she went from being bedridden, to a wheelchair, to a walker, and walking, and eventually caring for herself while walking. It was just a wonderful experience, because I watched her slowly get better and better everyday, and that was just a rewarding experience, doing her range of motion exercising, cooking breakfast for her, getting her medication, sitting and chitchatting with her, watching Jeopardy with her, taking daily strolls.