Hi, my name is Linda. I live in Fresno, CA. And I've been a caregiver for three years and a medical technician for one.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandma and my aunt were sick when I was growing up, and we always used to go over to their homes and take care of them. And they lived right across the street, so me and my cousin would go and we'd help take care of them when we were in Huron. So, it's kind of always something I've always been good at and something I've always felt good doing. So I started to become interested in nursing, so I became a CNA while I was in high school. So this was just something I've always wanted to do, was just take care of people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be you got to be patient with every single resident or client you have because you never know what they've been through or how they really are. Someone may seem cold or just hurting. It could just be that they're in a bad place. You got to learn every new resident and take the time to know every client and know how they really are and take care of them as if they were your own family. You always got to give them that respect and that time.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a very sweet lady that I took care of for two years. Everyone who had ever worked with her had always told me that she was mean, and that she was picky, and that they hated working with her. But every time I ever went in there, I was always patient with her and I was as kind as I possibly could be, and I never got that from her. She always wanted her bed a very specific way or even her pills a very specific way. And it wasn't as bad as everyone made it seem. She was a kind lady. I will always remember her because people always pre-judged her before they ever really got to talk to her or really got to understand why she liked the things in a certain way.