Hello my name is Katie. I've been in Fresno,CA and I've been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my dream is actually to be a RN and a school that was helping me, they got me a free program to go to school for free to be a CNA. So because I wanted to be in the medical field, I ended going to school for that and now, I couldn't be more happier that I'm starting from the bottom, and going to the top, because I never thought I'd be a caregiver. But now, I love it after meeting so many different people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
The advice I would give to a new caregiver is to be strong. Don't give up, because there are times you are going to feel like giving up and to just keep moving forward and to know that when you feel like giving up, remember that it's all in your hands, us taking care of the patients, the clients, the residents. Wherever we're working, it could get shuffle and it could test out patience sometimes, but it also shows you the type of person that you are. So my advice would just be to not give up. Keep going, because there's a lot of more new things that you have to learn. I've been a caregiver for three years, and there's still a lot more things that I'm learning and also that it's a great experience to go through as well.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is this one lady at my job. She was such a sweet lady. In the beginning she was so mean to us. She was mean to all the staff, because she was going through pain. One day, her husband tells her, "Quit being so mean to all the staff. They're here to take care of you." So after, she apologized. And she was such a picky lady too. It was hard to please her. But at the end of the time that she was there in recovery, she ended up being really close to me. She was just the sweetest lady. But she went home, because she got better. So that's when they do that. I will always remember she always said, "I'm your mum. I'm going to adopt you." She was just so adorable. I love when I have patients like that, when I know that they love me because of the care that I take of them.