Hello, my name is Lauren. I have been a caregiver for the past ten plus years. I went to school for CNA and LVN and I live in Los Angeles, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver after my grandmother shared the news that she had cancer. At the time, I was probably 12 years old, and from there I would help assist her. That being said, she would go to Cedar Sinai for treatment, and I would see the nurses. I've always wanted to help. I would help assist, and I would work at Cedar Sinai as a volunteer. That's why I always wanted to become a caregiver and give back.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver will be always have patience. Listen to your clients. Sometimes they are frustrated and they're mad, but don't take anything personal, and just always have patience and listen to them. When you do something for them-- if they ask you to do something, just repeat it sometimes just so that you can have a clear understanding and both of you guys are on the same page, but have patience and understanding as if it was your grandparent or a loved one that you-- that somebody was watching after. You would want them to be treated a certain way, which should be a respectable way, and you complete your job.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Angelina. She didn't have any family. That being said, for the past five years I was her caregiver, I assisted her with everything from doctor's appointment to just being that person in her life that she trusted since she didn't have any family. That's the most memorable client that I had. She would call me a lot, just to have me answer questions to make sure she understood. And I could explain it to her in a way that no one else could.