Hi, my name is Monique. I live in Long Beach, CA and I have been a caregiver for five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because a person that was very close to me was very sick and I went to the hospital for him time after time and I seen how nurses took care of him, as well as making sure that the family was confident of understanding everything that was going on and ever since then, I said, "I want to be like them. I want to continue to help throughout my community."
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, make sure that the patient is always safe, make sure that you treat the patient how you want to be treated and also never be afraid to ask questions.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I will never forget is Ba. She was a Vietnamese young lady, little, petite lady and all you would do is see her dancing and singing. We never knew what she was singing because she was Vietnamese but we knew that she was having a ball, all the way up until it was time for her to take her shower. She was a whole different woman and we didn't understand why. So one day, she was just singing and dancing and then all of a sudden they got the wheelchair out for to wheel her in to take a shower and she just had a fit, I just went over there and I was like, "Ba, what's wrong?" I had my energy on, I had my cape on and I was like, "Let's dance. Let's dance." We were just dancing and she just started to smile. So she started dancing and singing and we just danced and sing in the shower and the nurse at the time, she was like, "Do you want to give her a shower?", and I was like, "Yeah, I'll go ahead and give it to her." So we would dance and sing, dance and sing, all in the shower. They probably heard us down the hall but whatever made the process easier of giving her shower because they really had a hard time giving her a shower. So after her shower, I dried her off, I got her dressed and she was still singing and dancing and she was fine. So after looking at the patient's chart, I seen that she used to be a singer and a background dancer and so I'm like, "Okay, that's the reason why. She wants to feel like she's still in her younger days," should I say. So ever since then-- some nurses didn't want to do the extra that I did but it was anything to make her happier, anything to make the patient happy. So if I have to get in the shower and sing and dance and come out of my comfort zone, that's what's I did, just for Ba.