Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Natetasha. I have been a caregiver for about ten years, and I live in San Francisco, California. I became a caregiver after my godmom had fallen and slipped her disc. She needed someone to care for her, and I was there to be her support system and someone to help her maintain throughout the day with things like cooking, cleaning, bathing, errands, doctor's appointments, etc.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Out of all the people that I cared for, the first person that comes to mind is Chiffana because she taught me ways to help difficult people. It turned out to be good because now I know my strengths and I know I'm capable.
What did you learn most from caring for Chiffana?
I learned how to hold my emotions, and it just helped me to be the best caregiver that I can be. I learned from Chiffana that when you have a client that's under distress or they're throwing things, you learn how to cope with it and remember that you're working for them. You just try your best to calm them down. Let them know it's going to be okay. Hug them, hold them. Let them know it's all about them. That's what I learned from her.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
If I could give one piece of advice to a new caregiver, it would be to think as if you were the patient. How would you want to be treated if you were in the predicament that patient is? Because everyone comes into the world as a child, and if you're sick when you leave, sometimes you leave in that same perspective. So just think: if I was the patient, how would I want to be treated?
What has been your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment as a caregiver is when I just look at my clients and see the smile on their face. I'm also proud to see my own growth and my strength from when I started as I go further down the line in this field.