Hello, my name is Noe. I live in the San Fernando Valley in Panorama City, CA I've been a caregiver for a year. I've had my CNA license since 2004.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my uncle inspired me to go into health care. He was a LPN at Pacifica Hospital and he just motivated me to give back to the community and give back to people who are in need. I thought that becoming a caregiver would be the best way to do that.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for a new caregiver would be being able to come into work happy every day. Not necessarily work whether you're just starting off and going to school or becoming some sort of caregiver whether that be an RN, LPN, CNA, or even just a caregiver in general, you want to be able to be positive. You're there to make a positive difference and you want to be able to rub some positive on whatever is going on in that person's life. You want to always try to be happy. You always want to try to be uplifting and you don't want to be another bad thing in this person's life. You don't know what this person went through in their lifetime and you're just there to make their life a little easier whether that be by helping them with their toilet [inaudible], whether that be by helping them with bathing, changing, etc. You want to be able to make the difference and make the difference for a positive. You want to be able to go in every single day and have a smile on your face and hopefully make this person feel a little better.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget was a patient at the facility I worked at. Her name was Debbie. Debbie was always so happy. She was always singing. She was always dancing in her wheelchair. Any time she could, she'd always be laughing. Her room was full of stuffed animals and anytime I ever see any stuffed animals it just reminds me of her and how much she loved them. She treated them like they were her babies and it was the cutest thing ever.