Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Rachel Levy and I live in Fairfield, California. I have been a caregiver for 2 years, and I have been a nursing assistant since July 30th of 2015. I got into caregiving because I was working with mentally disabled young adults, and I loved it so much. I wanted to expand and grow, so I started doing in-home care with the elderly. From there I wanted to go back to school to get my CNA, so I could help more people.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
His name is Richard. We had such an amazing time together and I got really close with him and his whole family. What I admired most about Richard, was that he just never wanted to give up. He always fought, and he always wanted to do what was best for himself and his family.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
If I can give a caregiver one piece of advice, it would be to stay focused on why you are there and always have patience. I feel that it is important because you really have to take care of yourself as well as your patients, and you have to take care of your mental well being. Staying focused will help you do your job better.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
One of the moments that makes me really proud to be a caregiver was with Richard. He had just come home from the hospital, and the family and the doctors were worried that he wasn't going to be able to walk much. It was sad, and we had been working with him really hard. So, one day I was just said, "Let's go outside and see if we can do this." The porch wasn't very far, so I was thinking we can do it. I got him up, and we walked really slow, and I finally got him to the porch outside on a beautiful summer day.