Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Juanita. I live in Hollister. I've been a caregiver for eight years. What inspired me to be a caregiver was when I was taking care of my grandmother, and she was diabetic, and I was taking her to dialysis. And that is what inspired me to be a caregiver, after meeting a lot of elderly clients, and I wanted to be there and hopefully make a difference for them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The first client that comes to my mind is the client that I'm currently working with. My reason is because we were able to connect right away and she reminded me so much of my grandmother. What I've learned most, in those eight years, that I'm able to de-escalate with psychotic episode. An example is when she believes the radio-- when the radio's on, she believes that the radio people are after her. So I grab her by the hand, to make her feel safe, and me, myself, talk to the radio in front of the client. That, "stop talking about Rita," the client and so and so. And the client feels sometimes relief - at ease. She feels safer now.
What makes you a great caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
What makes me a great caregiver is that I'm honest, trustworthy, and reliable.
One piece advice to give to a caregiver is to reassure the client that she's always going to be there, with the client, and she's never going to leave. What makes me proud is that I'm still able to provide for the same client after all these eight years.