Hi, my name is Rozina. I have 30 years of experience in the caregiving field and I live in Fresno, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I first started off in classes wanting to become, looking forward to becoming a nurse by the time I turned 50 years of age. Now I'm 55. Having put four children through school and through college, it did not leave time nor did it leave finances for me to actually complete becoming a registered nurse.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, we should be honest, reliable, and dependable. And also, not just be in the caregiving field for a paycheck. But you must have the heart and the love for the individual that you're caring for. It's not just about the paycheck because there are individuals that need companionships. There are individuals looking for love. And you need to have all the above in order to become a caregiver. Otherwise, the paycheck is just a paycheck and the client is not getting the attention that's actually needed nor due to them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is now deceased. I will never forget the timings that reminded me of her like when I came in from shopping and to find that this client actually had removed her undergarments and was in the middle of the floor. And instead of going and yelling to the client or asking the client why this happened knowing that there was a form of dementia actually setting in with this individual.