Hello, my name is Porsche. I live in Oakland, CA And I have been a caregiver for 2 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my great-grandmother was sick and no one can care for her. She ended up getting put into a home. So I went to school to get my CNA certification so I can have her actually come home and stay with me, or so I can go take care of her. In the process of me getting that done, my great-grandmother ended up passing away. I was really sad about that, heartbroken. And I still stayed in school and made sure I got it done. It's just something that I love to do. I love to take care of people. I love helping others. I'm really loving and caring and everything. And my grandmother really expired me.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be patient, understanding, take your time, know that someone that you're caring for is not always in their right mind. Sometimes dementia or Alzheimer's could occur and take over. Know that sometimes, you know, someone can have a UTI or be in pain. That causes them to be mean or say things that they don't mean. So just be patient, know that sometimes you're the only person that they have. Sometimes their families turn their back on them, and you're the only person who they can turn to. So just be patient and stick in there, and everything will work its way out.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is a woman named Nellie. I first met her, she was really nice. She actually asked me my name a couple times. A few times after that it's like she always forgot but it never made me mad. I never tried to tell her that she forgot. I always just let her know my name over and over. It didn't bother me. She was really outgoing. She liked to be independent. She really didn't want to ask for help because felt like she would be a bother to someone. I let her know that she's not bothering me. I'm just doing my job. We got along really well. I actually miss her. I went to visit her not too long ago at a home that I used to work at. She's still doing good and everything. She remembered my face and my voice. She just still couldn't remember by name. But, you know, that's a client I'll say that I've missed the most.