Hi, my name is Sheila and I live in Sacramento, CA and I have worked in 100-bed ER in Texas for 12 years, so I have lots of experience with CPR, caring for patients of all kind, all health issues.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my great grandmother was an LVN. I always wanted to be a nurse which I have not done that yet but I love caring for people. I have worked in 100-bed ER, one of the largest ER's in the nation for Texas Health Resources. I'm 61, but I'm very active. I've worked full time, sometimes 70 hours a week. So, I think I would be a great caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, first of all we should always treat our patient or the one that you're taking care of like it's one of our own family members. We want someone to care for us the way that they would care somebody else. Treat them with love, kindness, respect, dignity, and most all, treat them with kindness every day. And just remember, it could be your loved one that someone is taking care of and that's the advice I would give you. Treat them like they're your own family member.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget, her name was Ruth. She was a very special lady. She lived in a nursing home. I went five days a week in the morning to do personal things for her. I would help her with the bath, comb her hair, and make sure her bed was straight. Even though the nursing home staff would do it, her family hired me to make sure it was done the way she wanted it done.