Hi, my name is Julie. I live in San Diego, CA and I have one year of experience caregiving as well as CNA license and certification BLS for Basic Life Support and CPR certification as well.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I realized that giving care at home to a family member when they needed me was something that was fulfilling and rewarding. I became a caregiver because I believe that helping people is one of the best things that you can do in life. Being able to do that is an opportunity is not a job. Interacting with people is so fulfilling and rewarding in so many ways for both parties invlolved as long as it's done in a genuine way.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to just treat everybody that you give care to, you have the great opportunity to be in the presence of and spend time with, just treat them, no matter how hard of a day they've had, as you would like to be treated or as you'd like your loved ones to be treated. I think that it's important to remember that people need and deserve their dignitiy regardless of their circumstances. That's totally the best of the piece of advice that I could give.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
I client that I would never forget is a woman named Debra. She was not ab;e to speak and had a really difficult time eating and things like that. So, as much as you are communicating with her, she was not able ever to communicate back. But you can see in her eyes how frustrating it was for her. You could see that she was completely aware and that she was listening to you when you would speak to her. The part of it that was the most rewarding with that experience was that, after seeing her day in and day out, she began to speak again. Although she didn't learn a lot of the names of people that she worked with everyday, she learned mine. She said, "Good morning, Julie" one morning for the first time that I had ever heard her speak. It was just extremely...it was jusy a beautiful moment for us both. That;s why I want to do what I do.