Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name is Linh. I'm from Hayward, California. I have total of one year of caregiving experience, and also about half a year of training in the medical assistant field. I became a caregiver because my mother was diagnosed with Hishimoto Disease, it's a thyroid disease. Also she was diagnosed with Diabetes Type II. So, as her daughter, I'm taking care of her. I attend to her needs at the hospital, making sure she has the right diet, bringing her extra fruit that she likes and that's okay.
What makes you a great caregiver?
What makes me think that I'm a good caregiver is that I'm very detail-oriented, I'm good at following instructions, and I make sure that it gets completed as needed. I care for the needs of people, and I have compassion for making sure that they are treated properly.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
One piece of advice that I would give to a new caregiver is to be a good listener. Also, make sure that when you provide your client with directions on how to take their prescription as instructed by their doctor, is to ask the client to repeat back the instruction you provided them, to make sure that they understand. That way, there's no misuse of the medication, which can be a risk for their health.
The proudest moment as a caregiver for myself is when I see my client actually improving in their health. Like if they were have anemia or they lost a lot of weight, if I see progress, if they're gaining weight, if they're happy. And also if the client showed me appreciation of how much dedication I put in, effort, to helping them improve their health, that would be my most proudest moment.