Hi, my name is Nary. I live in San Diego and I have been a caregiver for six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because at a young age in elementary school, I had volunteered to help the nurse at the nurse's office with other students who came in with injuries such as scrapes on their knees and elbows and during that time, I realized that this is what I love to do. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life, which is care for people in need.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be to be patient and to listen to your patient to better serve their needs. Remember your patients are in a state of vulnerability, where they look to you for guidance not only physically but also emotionally and mentally.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget is Alice. Every morning when I went in there for my shift to assist her with her activities that they needed her to do, she would tell me wonderful stories of her grandkids and her kids, what they did on the weekend or what they would be doing on that day and it pretty much filled a void that I never had because I'd never met my grandparents. My parents were refugees from another country and by serving her, she completed a part of me that I never had before.