Hi, my name is Rosa. I live in Longbeach, CA and I have over 25 years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, at a very young age, I realized that I enjoyed taking care of others. I took care of my mom until she was 84 and she passed away. She was blind. I took care of my brother. I believe this is a gift that I have from God. I enjoy doing what I do.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, arrive a few minutes early before your shift. If you need to report out, try and report out at least 24 hours ahead of time. Arrive ready to work and ready to be available. Also, be available at all times for the resident, or for the patient, or client. You need to be seen. You need to let them know where you are and what you're doing and if you're not ready to, or if you cannot take care of them at that moment, let them know that you will be with them shortly. It's important that they know that they are important to you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Florence. She passed away a couple of weeks after I did home care for her, but upon arriving and meeting her, I noticed that she had a couple bedsores, she was in urine, she hadn't been changed, linen needed to be changed, she needed a bed bath, she needed skincare, she needed everything that a person would need that has cancer.