Hi, my name is Marlin. I live in Hercules, CA and I have worked as a CNA for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver when I was 18. I guess that was 20 years ago, and I worked as a CNA for almost three years in a nursing home.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be patient with patients. When they're ill, they're old, they're not as independent as they used to be. They lose all their independence and they're so frustrated and upset because they used to be able to do everything by themselves. Now they have to depend on somebody else. So just be patient and calm. And if they're ill on top of it, that's even a lot more frustrating. Just listen to them. Be patient. I know it may sound frustrating when you hear some patients. They just go on and on and on, but you have to understand you're the only one they can tell all their frustration when they see you. Just be calm, listen and be patient.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is my mother-in-law. She has three sons, and she does not have a daughter. And one of her sons is my husband. When I brought her over here, my father-in-law also came along with her. My father-in-law is the one that actually was taking care of her for the last 15 years in New York, and they both were living in New York. I brought them over here because my father-in-law was really getting tired of taking care of her and dialysis, and my father-in-law was also in the 80s. When she became a total care, he needed some help. She needed some help, and it was hard for him to take care of her 24 hours. So we brought her over here, and she would always say when I give her a bath, that was the best time. When I give her a bath, put her on the commode, and put her in the shower. She always used to say, "I always wished I had a daughter like you to take care of my old age," and that was the most memorable thing I can remember.