Hi. My name is Nikisha. I live in Oakland, CA, and I have over 10 years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a teacher and to care for people. My mother was a teacher. I got my first teaching job for Oakland first school district in '97 I believe. I've been teaching since '97. I've worked with ages zero to fourth grade. I've also helped with in-home health care positions for family members. I was helping people in doing the children as well.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver, always make sure you have numbers, proper number in your reach at all times. Anything can happen - a accidental fall - anything, and you will need those numbers immediately. You need to know is very important, timing is very important between time something happened and the time help arrives. Don't panic. Be very patient, and work from your heart. It can be a very rewarding job. Just be patient and get to know the person, and make sure you always are prepared for anything. And also build a relationship with the people as well.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget is those that I worked with say maybe about four years ago. Nice lady. We've known her for a while. My son and I met her and her family for a while and they asked me to come in and check on her every now-and-then while they were at work. Her memory wasn't that good but there was just something about-- I spent time with her. One day I was finished for the day with her and her daughter was about to come in and she said, "Don't go. Can you stay a little longer?" That kind of made me smile, considering that her memory is not that good. Sometimes I figured she wasn't even knowing who was there with her. But at that given time, she was aware and it made me feel good so I stayed a little longer with her.