Hi, my name is Lisa, and I live in Wilmington, CA. And I've been doing caregiving CNA for 5 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was raised by my grandmother who was a very loving person and later on, she became disabled and needed my help when I was young. She passed away, and I still stood with the love to help people, especially disabled and elderly.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to new caregiver would be to have a pleasant attitude when you're with a client and show your willingness to work. Take initiative. Don't wait for them to tell you what to do. Be willing to work and show initiative and have good listening skills to find out how they like things done and when. Observe how things are done in the house and how they like it done. And so it's good to observe and listen.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a lady that had Alzheimer's, and she would stay in her room. It was advanced stage. And I'll never forget her because I learned that all she really needed was attention - someone close to her and someone talking to her and even a little bit touch, like patting her and telling her everything's okay, reassuring her. And that helped her to get out of the room, and she was more coming out and happier. What I'm trying to say is that she was happier with her life. Instead of letting the Alzheimer's bring her more down, she needed human contact, and that's what helped her.