Hello, my name is Sophia. I currently live in Walnut Creek, CA and I have been a caregiver for two years, but I have an additional year of experience with hospitalized patients.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver about two and a half years ago at Courtyards at Pinecreek in Concord. Nursing is my ultimate goal as a career, so I thought that job would be a very good place to start and I loved every moment of it. I would specialize in the Alzheimer's and dementia unit so I had a little bit more better or specialized training.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver
My advice to a new caregiver would be, treat who you are caring for as your mom or dad. When I was a caregiver, it was very disheartening to see that a lot of family members could not visit or care for their loved ones because of the pain that Alzheimer's and dementia held. And knowing that you're caring for someone in their home, this is their current setting is their home. I felt it was very important to really give genuine and sincere care.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is actually a client I had during my clinical experience as a nursing student. He had a lot of different diseases. He had two amputees. He had gangrene, he had hypertension. He had liver cirrhosis and a lot more, that I remember he was a very difficult patient and he was not in a happy mood all the time. It was very obvious that he was not happy. He had stage three and four pressure ulcers. I helped take care of him.