Hi, my name is Nicole. I live in Beverly Hills, CA and I've been a caregiver for about 25 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because back when I was young, in my 20s, my early 20s, my mother passed away at a very early age, at 54. She had breast cancer and I've been doing it ever since. And I'm in a medical assisting class.
What advice would you give a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, always have an open heart, always be compassionate for the one that you're speaking and taking care of, always have empathy and sympathy for the people and the persons you're taking care of. And also make sure, as well, the love that you're giving to your patients comes not only from your heart, but from the bottom of your soul.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget would be Frieda. Frieda and I had a compassionate story. Actually, Frieda was a Holocaust survivor who still had her numbers branded in her arms. And I would just never, ever, ever forget Frieda. She will forever live in my heart. Not just as a patient, but as a human being that survived such a horrible ordeal.