Hi, my name is Jonna. I live in Hayward, CA, and I have 8 years' experience of caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I just love helping people. I always remember, I used-- my grandmother a lot with things, and getting around, and stuff like that. So, when I went to school after high school, I was trying to find something to do that puts me in the position where I can help others. So I decided that nursing seemed like a good field to go into, so I decided to do CNA. And after finishing my CNA, I started working as a CNA, and I really, really was enjoying my job. And I'm still enjoying my job till today. And it makes me so happy when I help someone, or someone need my help, and I am able to give them the kind of care that they need and the kind of help that they need, and I put that smile on their face. It makes me feel really good about just doing that for them.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be that, if you go to someone house, or if you go to take care of someone in their house, always, always make sure you knock the door. And if the person responding asks you to enter, you enter, and you make sure you introduce yourself to the person. Tell them your name and what you're here for, and what you're going to be doing for them. And getting to know the person that you are going to work with, always make sure to speak loud and clear to them, because some of them, they have a hard time of hearing. So sometimes we have to speak a little bit louder and clearer for them to understand what we're saying to them. And always make sure that you ask them questions. If the person is alert, you have to ask them questions before you do anything for them. You can't just go ahead and start doing things without asking them if that's okay. So you have to make sure that you ask them if that's okay, if you can do so and so for them, or you can do something else for them. And always make sure to smile and be polite to the person that you're working with. And make sure that you're always available to them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is Ms. Eva. Ms. Eva was living in a little apartment all by herself, and she fall sick, and she has difficulty of getting around the house or getting out of bed. So every morning, I have to go to her house to help her to get to out of bed. And she was the funniest person I ever met, because she always told me stories and makes me laugh. And she was very inspiring. She gave me a lot of advice, which I still use them till today, because it's really have built my life in a way where I began to understand life more of being grown up, and stuff like that. She taught me certain things that I didn't even know about myself, that now I'm discovering them, just by listening to her advice, and everything that she tells me. And she was so sweet. She just was always want someone just to talk to, and someone to listen to her when she's talking. "You can really listen!" She said that she never met anybody that can really listen like me, because I'm always listening to everything she said. And I never forget anything that she tells me, because she finds to come back and ask you questions about what she just said, to see if you were really listening to her.