Hi, my name is Melissa. I am located in San Diego, CA and I have been a caregiver for 3 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
Since a child, I was ready to help others in need when they needed it most. When I was in high school, my mother fell ill and was hospitalized for multiple months. I believe because of the wonderful care she had, she made a full recovery, and from that point on I decided that I wanted to become a physician assistant in my future and being a CNA is a stepping stone towards my career goal. I'm thrilled to have an opportunity to apply my people skills and caring attitude to a job as a CNA and help to make all patients feel a little more at home and very well cared for. Having worked multiple jobs while completing my training and undergraduate studies, I know I have the ability to work long hours and multitask without losing my energy or my positive attitude.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient and really understand your patients. You really want to make sure that you're fully understanding what a patient or resident is saying to you so that you can comprehend and act efficiently in the right manner. Also, always have a positive attitude. You're there to make someone else's day better and you don't want to be complaining about your own self, you're there to help someone out.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Lorraine, who I helped out in her facility about a year ago. She's very full of life and very friendly and very funny. She would always accompany me to watching movies in the residence hall. She'd follow me around, holding my arm while she walked through the hallways, and always requested her maple butter ice cream. She loved that. Every time I'd come around the hall, she's always be asking me for some and then I'd bring it to her apartment and she'd have a little bit each night. She loved snacking on things and holding hands in the hallway. She just wanted to know that she had someone to care for herself. She just wanted to know that she had company along with her. She never wanted to be lonely and she just loved everyone she came in contact with.