Hi, my name is Natasha. I live in Oakland, CA and I've been a caregiver for 15 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my daughter was sick. I had her at birth and she spent a lot of time in the hospital. Then the times that she spent in the hospital, during the process I was always helping the nurses. A lot of times I was doing the work with my daughter or taking care of my daughter on my own and didn't have to call the nurses into the room. So I decided to take some PNA classes and I got certified. I started going into different nursing homes and applying. I found one that I liked and loved and fell in love with the elderly people that I was working with and decided this is what I wanted to do. I've been working as a CNA for 15 years now.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to always take pride in her work and what she do. To always take care of her patients or her residents or whoever she's caring for. To always care for them as she would care for herself or her loved ones.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is one that I was taking care of that I became really close to. On my days off she would always request for the supervisor to call me at home and to tell me what's going on. At the time, I grew really close to her. That was one of my most memorable residents.