Hello. My name is Reina, I live in Hayward, CA and I've been working as a caregiver for 1 year and a half..
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I really enjoyed to work with kids. Actually studying to be a teacher for children and one of my friend was working at memory care and she told me about it and I want to look for it in my search. It was my first time working as a caregiver but I really enjoyed being a caregiver because everyone needs to be take care. And it's really nice to know that you're going to speak with that person for the last time of their memory.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver will be to be really patient just to make sure that the resident or the person is just fine, satisfied, happy or was distracted. Just if they get agitated or they get annoying or something try to do something else with them, don't just keep on doing the same thing so they will get bored or think or get desperate. So just make sure they're happy all the time, making sure that you're smiling, they're smiling, making them feel you're comfortable, making them feel you're respecting them, making them first feel like you're with them like family.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of my favorite patients it would be Mary. She was one of the most kind, and family person that I've ever met. She was so happy everytime that I would go and walk into the facility. She would smile to me, she would call me all the time, she would be, "Hi, sweetie. How are you?" And she would talk to me every time I will go and make a conversation to her go ask her how her day was, how she was doing. She was always, always, always so happy to me. Always smiling, always making me feel happy, changed my day better. It's just so wonderful to work with them.