Hi, my name is Marissa. I currently live in Danbury, CT and I've been a certified nurse's aid for about four years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I mainly became a caregiver because of my father. He is a diabetic and as his symptoms became worser, I began to help him more. So that inspired me to help others who are in worse conditions or who need the same help as well.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to have lots of patience with a resident. At first, it may seem a little troubling especially to understand new types of diseases, and problems, and health care issues, but the first thing is to have an open mind and to be ready for anything that may come at you. And for that, you need lots of patience especially when you don't really know who you're working with right away.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Barbara. She came to us when she had a stroke and she was unable to speak or so they told us in the beginning. And she couldn't really be very mobile. So when she first came to us she was very agitated, and anxious, and very uncomfortable especially since it was a new environment for her and new everybody around her. So, at first, they just wanted to change her medication to see if that would help her. But as working with my care team with also the physical therapy and the physician's assistant would come by in the nursing home.