Hi, my name is Nachita. I live in the city of Anaheim, CA. I have been a caregiver for two years, a medical assistant for 27.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because in my 27 years of medical assisting with the Kaiser Permanente, I learned a lot by being in the oncology department where people were very ill and they need a lot of compassion, care and understanding. So after my 27 years in Kaiser, I became a caregiver on a part-time basis for the past 2 years.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be that you need to always be open-minded. Be ready to understand people's concerns, being patient with them, letting them express themselves and having the ability to anticipate a lot of their needs in advance. They mostly need understanding and compassionate care.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I most remember was an 88-year-old female who had dementia and recently hospitalized with having trouble with her walking and speaking and I can tell by her look on her face and the eyes, she had the most expressive eyes that I've ever seen even though she couldn't talk very well. I sort of understood what she was saying to me by just her body language and just the look in her eyes of compassion that I had for her, I know she saw that in me and I will never forget that.