Hi, my name is Shana. I live in Long Beach, CA and I have been a caregiver for nine years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because right when I was 18 years old, right after I graduated high school, I was in a really bad car accident and I had to have surgery and through it all, I had really good caregivers. I had really good physical therapists and they helped me get through all these rough and tough times. I had to learn how to do everything all over again so I really depended on my caregivers when they came. So all in all, I knew after that I wanted to just help people. I always wanted to be around people. I'm a very people person, as some may say. So after that, I dedicated myself to caregiving and I've been in the caregiving field for over nine years now.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to always be attentive, always be on time, pay attention to the patient, assess the patient needs and find out what the patient likes.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget was Andy. He was very nice, he was a older guy, he was in his 80s and he suffered a little bit from dementia. I remember he used to live with his daughter and he had to end up going to one of those care facilities and he missed his daughter's dog so much because him and the dog, Karma, were very, very close. So one day before going to work, I stopped over early, dropped off, picked up the dog, Karma and brought him over and he was so excited. I mean, he had tears in his eyes, he cried and he held her the whole entire time until his daughter could come and pick her up later on that night.