Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name is Lashonda. I live in Fairfield, California, and I've been a caregiver in the healthcare field for 25 years. I became a caregiver because my mom was a nurse. It runs in the family. She had her own businesses and she just kind of pulled me in as her daughter. I then went to school to get my certifications and have continued my education since.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Out of all the clients that I've cared for, the first one that comes to mind is a client named Roy. We were very close, and we used to go out and do a lot of things together. We stayed active. He went to a wedding with me as my date, and we just overall enjoyed each other's company. What I admired most about Roy was his zest and his spunk for life. Even though he had a terminal illness, he still kept that spunk and zest for life. I'm the same way, so we just automatically clicked, and we enjoyed the time that we had together.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
If I could give one piece of advice to a new caregiver, it would be to keep your passion for your work, and to trust your own information. Don't be afraid to challenge things that you think are inappropriate or wrong. Overall, love what you do. Being a nurse is a gift and I enjoy it. It's very rewarding.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment as a caregiver would be in 2013, when I took on a client who had a broken pelvis. They came out and trained me on the exercises for physical therapy. She had to have a two or three person transfer, and I was able to get her back on her feet and up and walking without any setbacks. I was very proud of my work.